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Journalist Says Financial Reporting Vital To Tracking Gov’t
By Decontee M. Wesseh, Reporting from Rabat, Morocco    

RABAT, February 24 (LINA) – A top Moroccan journalist has said  financial and economic reporting is important in journalism to help gather information on how government revenues are generated and expended, especially during political seasons.

The Head of Public Relations for Africa at Royal Air Moroc, Bachir Thiam, noted that this aspect reporting also helps to ensure accessibility and understanding of financial information by the citizenry.

Thiam advanced the recommendation during a one-week Training Seminar on Economic and Financial Journalism organized recently by the African Center to train 16 journalists from African News Agencies in Rabat, Morocco.

“We African journalists focus more on political reporting than economic and financial reporting,” he noted, adding “This is bad for our countries and bad for the entities that we work for.”

According to Thiam, financial reporters should also focus on giving background to their stories in order to give the readers the opportunity to understand easily what the stories are and how they will impact their lives and finances.

The training intended to help build up solidarity among African journalists and members of the Atlantic Federation of African Press Agencies, was held under the theme: Master the Tour of Economic and Financial Journalism".

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