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Moroccan News Agency Computerises

10-03-2003 ()
UNESCO has recently signed a contract with a Jordanian firm for the provision of news processing and archiving software to the Moroccan News Agency (MAP). UNESCO's International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC) provided US$70,000 and the French Government, contributed US$100,000.
The Moroccan News Agency has set aside funds, within its 2002/2003 budget, to purchase hardware and relevant accessories. Furthermore the news agency will renovate its premises, modernise network cabling and fund training, together with UNESCO, of its technical and journalistic staff.

The project has three main thrusts: enable the Moroccan news agency to continue operating in an electronic environment thus facilitating the receipt; processing and transmitting of news; create an electronic archiving database which will facilitate the research work of journalists and then equip journalistic and technical staff with the relevant skills to optimise the system.

The computerisation of the MAP is hoped to greatly enhance news collection and distribution activities of the Agency facilitating the collection and distribution of news even from far-flung corners of the country; media institutions as well as independent and pluralistic media will be able to obtain news more rapidly and ‘at an affordable’ price thus facilitating the integration of all segments of society within the Moroccan media landscape.
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      · Public Service Broadcasting: News Archives 2003
      · Morocco: News Archives 2003
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