On January 8, the U.S. Embassy in Yaoundé welcomed Cameroonian editor Priscille Moadougou following her recent three week trip to the United States of America under the Edward R. Murrow International Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP). Ms. Moadougou serves as Deputy Editor-in-chief of “Mutations,” one of the largest private newspapers in Cameroon. Her program was focused on the theme “Examining the rights and responsibilities of a free press in a democracy.”
Ms. Moadougou was welcomed by Public Affairs Officer Roberto Quiroz II and Press Assistant Isabelle Kame-Domguia, who lauded her participation in the program, and her January 7 article in “Mutations” which highlighted her meeting in Washington, D.C. with prominent American journalist Bob Woodward (read his Wikipedia biography here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_Woodward) and her experiences in the program, which also included visits to New York City; Atlanta, Georgia; and Albuquerque and Santa Fe, New Mexico. The program welcomed accomplished journalists from Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, Europe, East, Central, Southeast, and South Asia.
Welcoming her, Mr. Quiroz noted: “We thank you for your participation in the program. As Ambassador Michael S. Hoza has said, the United States places a top priority in promoting freedom of the press, which is essential to strengthen all societies, including the United States. We are proud to partner with Cameroonian journalists like you committed to serve in this noble profession, and hope your experience helped to expand your professional networks. We look forward to strengthening even further our partnership with the Cameroonian media, and urge you and all Cameroonian journalists to highlight the stories and accomplishments of every day Cameroonians. There are many unknown heroes whose efforts serve their communities and empower their fellow citizens through genuine patriotism, commitment, character, and integrity. Their lives offer an example for all of us to follow.”
The U.S. Department of State’s Edward R. Murrow Program for Journalists brings more than 100 emerging leaders in the field of journalism from around the world to the U.S. each year to examine journalistic practices in the United States. The program is an innovative public-private partnership between the Department of State and several top U.S. schools of journalism. For additional information, please read: http://eca.state.gov/highlight/edward-r-murrow-program-journalists#sthash.EFiX27OF.dpuf.