Monday, June 08, 2009

Salim on A24 platform

I met Salim a few years back at Newsxchange in Amsterdam. He was trying to start a pan-African TV channel from his base in Nairobi, Kenya.

Salim is a passionate media professional. He's the son of Mohamed "Mo" Amin who was a Kenyan photojournalist noted for his pictures and videotapes of Ethiopian famine.

Apart from Ethiopian famine, Mo contributed exclusive photos of the fall of Idi Amin and of Mengistu Haile Mariam, and was author of numerous books, including Journey Through Pakistan, and covered various themes like East African Wildlife and the Uganda Railway.
Amin died when his Ethiopian Airlines Flight 961 on November 23, 1996 was hijacked and he tried to rally passengers to overpower them.

Salim is taking his father's memory further, not only finding ways to take the collection further, but also create a platform for other African journalists.

In this interview, made at the 2009 Global Media Forum at the Deutsche Welle Bonn last week, Salim updates us on the current plans, explains why a lot of journalist training in Africa fails, and his vision for content on mobile phones. He's suspended the idea of a 24hr channel, and is currently concentrating on building a African Media Agency.

Salim Amin from Jonathan Marks on Vimeo.

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