After learning yesterday that Venance Konan has been appointed managing editor of the public service daily Fraternité Matin, Reporters Without Borders spoke to him by telephone. Listen to his replies (in French) to the questions put by Reporters Without Borders.
Reporters Without Borders: You were forced to flee the country during the post-election crisis in Côte d’Ivoire. Now you are going back to Abidjan to be Fraternité Matin’s managing editor. What is your reaction to this appointment and how do you see your future role?
[...] Fraternité Matin est le plus grand groupe de Côte d’Ivoire. Je dois faire en sorte qu’il le demeure et que tous les Ivoiriens s’y retrouvent [...]
Reporters Without Borders: Since Laurent Gbagbo’s fall, several journalists who supported him have been the victims of a witch-hunt and have been threatened with reprisals. How do you intend to ensure that Ivorian journalists of all political tendencies will be free to work at Fraternité Matin?
[...] Je travaillerai avec tous ceux qui sont là. Il n’y a pas de raison pour que quelqu’un, à Fraternité Matin, soit harcelé pour ses idées [...]
Reporters Without Borders: Côte d’Ivoire’s leading daily, Fraternité Matin is often accused of taking its orders from the government and serving as its mouthpiece. What measures do you plan to take to ensure that it is truly a public service media?
[...] Sous ma direction, Fraternité Matin reflètera toute la Côte d’Ivoire [...]