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2009-12-24 07:39:00
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Embassy Cotonou
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COTONOU: NOVEMBER 2009 REPORT ON THE MEDIA PLACEMENT OF

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DEPARTMENT FOR AF/PD (DBWHARTON, EKEMP, SANCHEZCROWE), AF/W
(ASTEWART)

SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: OIIP KPAO BN
SUBJECT: COTONOU: NOVEMBER 2009 REPORT ON THE MEDIA PLACEMENT OF
STATE AND MISSION-PRODUCED MATERIALS



1. PAS Cotonou reports the following placements of State Department
materials, articles on Mission-hosted activities and U.S. centered
articles in the government-owned newspaper, La Nation, and various
independent newspapers.



2. Print media

November 2
The following articles were published:
An article in the state-controlled La Nation, titled, "SIDA: entree
des seropositifs aux Etats-Unis: Ban Ki-moon felicite Obama." (Lift
on the ban preventing the VIH-positive persons from visiting the
United States: Ban K-Moon congratulates Obama).

An article in the left-of-center independent daily, La Nouvelle
Tribune, titled, "Realisations de MCA-Benin: Simon Pierre Adovelande
face aux Etudiants de Parakou. " (MCA-Benin's National Coordinators
Simon Pierre Adovelande meets the students of the University of
Parakou to brief them about MCA-Benin's achievements). La Nouvelle
Tribune also carried an article titled "Simon Idohou a l'Ambassade
de Washington: Yayi se plie aux injonctions de Kerekou. "
(Appointment of Simon Idohou to serve at the Embassy of Benin in
Washington: Boni Yayi obeys Kerekou's orders).

An article in the right-of-center independent daily, Le Challenge,
titled, "Projet EMPOWER sur les violences faites aux femmes et aux
filles: rencontre de suivi et d'information de la synergie avec les
acteurs de l'Oueme." (The EMPOWER project on Gender-based violence:
follow-up meeting to brief the various parties involved in the
project in the Department of Oueme).

An article in the right-of-center independent daily, Info-Plus,
titled, "Etats-Unis-Afghanistan: le dilemme afghan d'Obama." (United
States: Obama's dilemma in Afghanistan).

November 3
The following articles were published:
An article in La Nation, titled, "Consultation annuelle entre le
Benin et les Etats-Unis: la cooperation benino-americaine passee en
revue. " (Annual bilaterals between Benin and the United States :
the US-Beninese cooperation has been reviewed).
La Nation carried another article titled "Economie Americaine:
retour de la croissance aux Etats-Unis." (Status of the U.S.
Economy: economic growth is back)

An article in the left-of-center independent daily, Le Matin, titled
"Lutte contre les violences faites aux enfants: Un seminaire
d'information et de formation des acteurs." (Fighting child
trafficking: a seminar to inform and sensitize the various actors
involved).

An article in the right-of-center independent daily, L'Autre
Quotidien, titled "Les Etats-Unis sont officiellement sortis de la
recession. " (The recession is officially coming to an end in the
United States).

An article in the left-of-center independent daily, La Nouvelle

Tribune, titled "Hillary Clinton au Maroc pour la 6eme edition du
Forum pour l'Avenir." (Hillary Clinton's trip to Morocco to
participate in the 6th edition of the Forum for the Future).

An article in the left-of-center independent daily, L'Informateur,
titled, "Genocide Rwandais: Washington juge inexcusable le non
transfert de Bosco Ntagnada a la CPI." (Rwanda genocide: Washington
finds the failure to transfer Bosco Ntaganda to the International
Penal Court inexcusable).

November 4
The following articles were published:
An article in the left-of-center independent daily, Le Matin, titled
"Cinq nouveaux Ambassadeurs, y compris celui des Etats-Unis,
presentent leurs lettres de creances." (Five new Ambassadors,
including the U.S. Ambassador to Benin, present their credentials to
President Boni Yayi).
Le Matin also carried another article titled "Michael Jackson:
succes phenomenal en France du film This is it." (Michael Jackson:
phenomenal success of the "This is It" film).

An article in La Nation, titled, "Presentation de lettres de
creances au palais de la Republique : cinq nouveaux Ambassadeurs
accredites au Benin. " (Presentation of credentials at the
President's office: five new Ambassadors accredited to Benin).
La Nation also carried an article based on the PD-initiated book
discussion titled, "Problematique de gestion du capital humain dans
une organisation: Bien Diriger Son Equipe. " (Issues related to the
management of human resources in an enterprise: how to manage the
staff). This article was accompanied by a photo of Ambassador Knight
and the PAO, with the Presenter of the book discussion, Abraham
Voglozin.

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An article in the independent daily newspapers, La Nouvelle Tribune,
Le Matinal, L'Autre Quotidien, the right-of-center independent daily
L'Aurore and the left-of-center independent daily newspapers,
Fraternite and L'Informateur, titled, "Palais de la Marina: Cinq
nouveaux Ambassadeurs, y compris le nouvel Ambassadeur des
Etats-Unis pres le Benin, presentent leurs lettres de creances. "
(Marina Palace: five new Ambassadors, including the new Ambassador
of the United States to Benin, present their credentials). L'Autre
Quotidien also carried an article titled "MCA: livre blanc de
politique fonciere au Benin: une reforme en marche expliquee aux
professionnels des medias. " (MCA-Benin's white paper on land safety
in Benin : MCA-Benin's National Coordinator explains the contents of
the reform to the members of the media).

Fraternite carried a second article titled, "Hillary Clinton
presente une aide americaine au monde musulman." (Hillary Clinton
presents American assistance to the Muslim world).

L'Aurore carried a second article titled "USA: les elections
barometre dans l'etat de New York pour Obama et pour les
Republicains." (United States: the elections in the state of New
York constitute a test for Obama and the Republicans).

November 5
The following articles were published:
An article in L'Informateur, based on the book discussion titled,
"Bien Diriger son Equipe." (Managing Staff Well)

An article in Le Matin, based on the Mission-produced press release
titled, "Foire au Projet des Rotariens." (The Rotarians Fair
Project).

An article in la Nation, titled, "Processus de Paix: Clinton cherche
a rassurer. " (Peace process: Clinton seeks to re-assure).

An article in the right-of-center independent daily, Le Telegramme,
and in L'Autre Quotidien, La Nouvelle Tribune and Fraternite, titled
" Etats-Unis d'Amerique : l'anniversaire de la victoire d'Obama
terni par des defaites electorales. " (United States: the
anniversary of Obama's victory has been tarnished by electoral
defeats).

Fraternite carried a second article titled "Barack Obama: le reve
continue." (Barack Obama: the dream continues).

L'Autre Quotidien carried a second article titled, "Obama abroge
l'interdiction d'entree aux Etats-Unis des seropositifs." (Obama
removes the ban on the HIV-positive persons' travel to the United
States).

La Nouvelle Tribune carried a second article titled "MCA-Benin:
Projet Acces au Foncier: la nouvelle politique fonciere et ses
multiples avantages. " (MCA-Benin: Access to land: the new land
policy and its multiple advantages).

November 6
An article in La Nation, titled, "Activites de l'Ambassade des USA
au Benin: James Knight echange avec des rotariens nord-americains. "
(Activities of the Embassy of the United States: James Knight meets
with North-American Rotarians).

November 7
An article in La Nouvelle Tribune, based on the Mission-produced
press release titled "Foire au Projet des Rotariens." (Rotarians
Project Fair). La Nouvelle Tribune carried a second article titled
"Etats-Unis: un algero-americain nomme Ambassadeur. " (United
States: an Algerian-American appointed Ambassador).

November 11
The following articles were published:
An article in La Nation, titled, "Etats-Unis: la reforme de la
sante porte un coup au droit a l'avortement. " (United States: the
Health Insurance Reform negatively affects the right to abortion).

An article in Fraternite, titled, "Prochaine Semaine Internationale
de l'Education de l'Ambassade des Etats-Unis au Benin: plusieurs
activites au programme. " (Celebration of the International
Education Week at the Embassy of the United States: many activities
are scheduled to be held).

An article in la Nouvelle Tribune, based on the Mission-produced
press release titled "Foire au Projet des Rotarians." (Rotarians
Project Fair).

November 12
An article in L'Autre Quotidien, titled "Etats-Unis: nouvelle tuerie
et Hommage aux victimes de Fort Hood. " (United States: homage to
the victims of the Fort Hood shooting).

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November 13
An article in La Nation, titled "USA: Obama annonce un forum sur
l'emploi en decembre avec des entrepreneurs. " (United States: Obama
announces an entrepreneurs forum on employment).

November 15
Three articles in the weekly independent, Le Municipal, titled:
"Realisation de MCA-Benin: Simon Adovelande fait le point aux
etudiants de Parakou. " (MCA-Benin's achievements in Benin: Simon
Adovelande gives an assessment to the students of the University of
Parakou."

"Suivi et Orientation de la synergie du projet EMPOWER dans les
departements de l'Oueme et du Zou: vers l'eradication de la violence
basee sur les genres. " (Follow-up of the implementation of the
EMPOWER project in the departements of Oueme and Zou: towards the
eradication of the Gender-Based violence.)

"MCA-Benin: les projets beneficiant du programme de la Facilite ont
recu la visite de Pierre Adovelande. " (MCA-Benin National
Coordinator Pierre Adovelande is touring the projects that benefit
from the Facility grant).

November 16
The following articles were published:
An article in La Nouvelle Tribune, titled, "Chine/Etats-Unis:
Barack Obama en route pour la Chine." (US-China relations: Barack
Obama going to China).

An editorial in Fraternite, titled, " Visite de Barack Obama en
Chine: le G2 est en marche." (Barack Obama's visit to China: the G2
is in progress).

Two articles in Le Telegramme, titled:
"USA: Obama rend hommage aux victimes de la tuerie de Fort Hood. "
(United States : Obama pays tribute to the victims of Fort Hood
shooting). " Cooperation bilaterale: Obama a Shangai pour sa
premiere visite en Chine. " (Bilateral cooperation : Obama in
Shanghai for his first visit to China).

Three articles in L'Aurore titled:
" Cooperation bilateral: Obama a Shangai pour sa premiere visite en
Chine. " (Bilateral cooperation : Obama in Shanghai for his first
visit to China). "Les Etats-Unis ne veulent pas rester en
Afghanistan a long terme, selon Clinton. " (According to Clinton,
the United States does not intend to remain in Afghanistan for
long). "Nucleaire Iranien: Washington et Moscou haussent le ton."
(Iran's nuclear program: Washington and Moscow protest).

Three articles in La Nation, titled:
"Iran: Dmitri Medvedev et Barack Obama s'impatiente." (Iran : Dmitri
Medvedev are impatient). " US-Afghanistan : les Etats-Unis ne
veulent pas rester en Afghanistan a long terme. " (U.S.-Afghanistan:
the United States does not intend to remain in Afghanistan for
long). "Semaine Internationale de l'Education: le campus de
l'Universite de Parakou accueille l'evenement." (International
Education Week: the campus of the University of Parakou hosts the
event).

November 17
The following articles were published:
An article in L'Autre Quotidien, titled, "Pour Hillary Clinton, les
Etats-Unis n'ont pas vocation a rester en Afghanistan. " (According
to Hillary Clinton, the aim of the United States is not to remain in
Afghanistan).

An article in Le Matinal, titled "Semaine Internationale de
l'Education: 4 jours de celebration dans les universites du Benin."
(International Education Week: 4 days of celebration in the Beninese
universities).

Two articles in Le Matin, titled:
"Chine: Obama parle d'amitie, mais aussi des droits de l'homme et de
l'internet. " (China : Obama speaks about friendship, but also about
human rights and Internet). "Semaine Internationale de l'Education:
les manifestations se poursuivent jusqu'au 20 novembre. "
(International Education Week: the celebration will be held until
November 20).

An article in la Nation, titled, "Formations Superieures aux
Etats-Unis d'Amerique : des etudiants beninois sensibilises. " (Some
Beninese students have been briefed about how to study in the United
States).

An article in Le Telegramme, about President Obama's trip to China,
titled "Obama a Pekin." (Obama in Beijing).

November 18

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The following articles were published:
An article in Le Matinal titled, "Chine: Hu Jintao salue le dialogue
franc avec Obama. " (China : Hu Jintao appreciates the franc talks
he held with Obama).

An article in Fraternite, titled, "Construction d'une base de
controle obligatoire au port de peche de Cotonou: MCA-Benin
recueille les preoccupations des populations. " (Mandatory
construction of a data base in the fishery section of the Port of
Cotonou: BCA-Benin consults with the members of the public to hear
about their concerns).

An article in La Nouvelle Tribune, based on the entirety of the
Mission-produced press release titled, " La Semaine Internationale
de l'Education).

An article in Fraternite, titled, "9eme session ordinaire du Conseil
Consultatif du MAC-Benin : les activites realises et les
perspectives au peigne fin. " (9th ordinary session of MCA-Benin's
consultative board: the results achieved and future perspectives
were examined).

An article in La Nation, titled, "Climat: lueur d'espoir sur
l'engagement americain a Copenhague. " (Climate change: a ray of
hope about the American commitment in Copenhagen).

November 19
An article in Le Telegramme, titled "En visite officielle en Chine,
Obama rencontre son demi-frere." (On official visit in China, Obama
meets with his half-brother).

An article in La Nation, titled, "Decoration a la Presidence de la
Republique: l'equipe de Mercy Ships dans l'Ordre National du Benin."
(Award of Honor at the Presidency: Mercy Ships crew members receive
an award of honor, in the National Order of Benin).

November 20
Two articles in La Nation, titled:
"Installations des centrales electriques: le Ministre Sacca Lafia
visite les premiers equipements au port. " (Installation of
electrical plants : Minister Sacca Lafia inspects the first set of
equipment at the port). "Etats-Unis-Coree du Sud: Obama et Lee unis
face au nucleaire nord-coreen. " (United States-North Korea: Obama
and Lee discuss the North-Korean nuclear issue).

November 25
The following articles were published:
An article in La Nation, titled, "Afghanistan: Obama se prononcera
dans les prochains jours sur les renforts. " (Afghanistan : Obama
will speak in the next few days about the reinforcement of troops).


An article in Le Matinal, related to the signing of the Self- Help
agreement titled, "Les USA en lutte contre la pauvrete: 36 million
pour des ONG et des groupements villageois. " (The United States in
war against poverty: 36 million FCFA granted to NGOs and rural
associations).

November 26
An article in Le Matin, L'Informateur and La Nouvelle Tribune,
titled, "Signature d'accord au Ministere des Affaires Etrangeres:
les USA octroient 32.830.000 dollars USA au Benin. " (Signing of a
grant agreement at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs : the United
States make a grant of 32,830,000 fcfa to Benin).

November 30
The following articles were published:
An article in Fraternite, titled, "Cooperation benino-americaine:
les Etats-Unis d'Amerique financent 12 projets d'auto-assistance."
(U.S.-Benin cooperation: the United States of America funds 12 Self-
Help projects).

An article in L'Autre Quotidien, titled, "Un rapport du Senat
Americain fustige l'echec de l'operation de capture de Ben Laden en


2001. " (A US Senate report condemns the failure of the plan to
capture Bin Laden in 2001).



3. Electronic Media:
During the period of this report, the state-owned TV and radio
station, ORTB, covering the entire country, and several other
privately-owned TV and radio stations broadcast reports and news
segments on all major Mission-hosted activities, including
specifically Ambassador Knight's presentation of credentials to
President Boni Yayi and the signing of a grant agreement at the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs. News segments on both events were
broadcast in French, with translations in 18 major local languages.




4. In partnership with VOA, Golfe FM regularly aired VOA news in

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English and French, from Monday through Friday. VOA news in French
on Golfe FM is broadcast every morning (Monday through Friday),
beginning at 8:00, while the news in English is scheduled from
Monday through Friday, beginning at 17:30. Golfe TV also broadcast
the Box Office news segments during its weekly English hour news
program. A new VOA partner, Canal 3 broadcast the Washington Forum
in French.



5. A former WorldNet partner, LC2, continues to broadcast the
Crossroads Cafe series in English.
Knight