An open heart with Dean Diomansi Bombotti: “Media professionals must encourage the conditions of expression as citizens so that they can participate in the management of public affairs.”

A distinguished journalist, trained at the Graduate School of Journalism in Strasbourg, France, Mr. Diomansi served as general editor of the national daily L’Essor in Bombay, then as editor-in-chief at Radio Mali. Before graduating as a teacher at the prestigious School of Journalism in Dakar, the Center for Studies in Information Science and Technology (CESTI), where he trained several generations of journalists.

In this interview that he was kind enough to give us, he criticized the current situation in our country; But it is also about the role of the media in the multidimensional crisis that Mali is going through. Maintenance.

Can you introduce yourself to our readers?

In Diomansi Bombo: My name is Diomansi Bomboté. I was born in Sabusire, Canton of Logo, about 25 km from the Senegalese river Kayes. My father Kekoro, a mason in his kingdom, moved to Senegal at a very young age with a housewife, my mother, Mokhantafe Quetta, with whom he will have five (05) children, two (02) sons and three (03) daughters before he dies. . In 1965 at the age of 53.

How did you get into the press? What inspired this choice?

In Diomansi Bombo: It is due to a coincidence due to fate. After the death of our father, March 14, 1965, I had to decide to quit my long-term study of medicine for a relatively short course to help. That’s how I started studying economics and correspondence, “he said.Journalism“Taking the option of journalism and, with a national scholarship, I went to the Ecole Superior de la Ru Schiller in Strasbourg (France) to pursue a master’s degree. Later, while teaching at the University of Dakar, I continued my studies at 3.M Bicycles in Paris, second only to the French Press Institute (IFP) of the University of Paris.

Are you willing to relive the ups and downs of your professional career for the younger generation with its good and bad memories?

In Diomansi Bombo: I worked for the national daily after returning from France Increase, As editor with the late Czech Muktari Diara in 1971, six (06) months later before moving to radio as chief editor. CESTI, created by UNESCO at the University of Dakar in 1965, to retrain the first agents of the press organs of the newly independent young states of the former French West Africa (AOF). It then becomes a department of the Dakar letter faculty that allows letter licensing. “Head of Journalism

In 1970, CESTI was established as aLarge autonomous university school“The Senegalese authorities have asked me to teach there. They have written an official letter to the Malian government approving my second appointment as a teacher at CESTI. I have thus benefited from a three-year renewable second.

From there, various UN agencies such as the World Bank, FNUA, UNICEF … and other international NGOs approached me with offers of more favorable fees than universities.

For loyalty, I did not want to betray CESTI for which Mali left me. Similarly, I have collaborated with Afrique Nouvelle Magazine, to which I have contributed from time to time.

He later returned to the United Nations Fund for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO). Since there was no possibility of a good and proper career plan at CESTI, when UNESCO again applied to me, after the green light from Mali, through its embassy in Paris, I agreed to join the UN body where I have worked since 1980. Until 2004, it was headquartered in Paris, but at other African hotspots such as Rwanda and the regional office in Dakar (BREDA).

I have also worked at other media outlets, most notably the magazine Jeune Afrique, Miroir du Football, a French monthly magazine, Croissance des Jeunes Nations (a French monthly), the French daily La Croix, the Associated Press (the largest news organization in the world), etc.

As for good memories, I am happy and proud to be able to participate in the training of many young professionals from Mali, Senegal, C ডিte d’Ivoire, Benin, etc., most of whom have had to perform major tasks in their home country. Many show me a certain gratitude that touches me deeply, I must admit.

My danger? Some frustrations are associated with misunderstandings that have not always allowed me to express myself the way I like to judge in matters of common interest but judge. “Sensitive“By my superiors. Some of my reports have been blocked for being politically incorrect. I was refused to publish a paper in which I explained the reasons for the poor performance of our athletes (athletes, basketball players and footballers) which I blamed for the national sports policy which In my opinion there was a lack of vision, strategy and organization.

Media Landscape has experienced a truly flourishing experience of newspapers, radio, television, websites in recent years. Is this a step for the press and for extension Malian democracy?

In Diomansi Bombo: Information and communication technology is undoubtedly a remarkable advancement. The proliferation of communication channels in favor of the rapid dissemination of news, the popularization of information that stimulates the political consciousness of citizens … to illustrate this, says an Italian writer. “When people make decisions, fate follows“A conscious person is aware of its rights and can play a more important role in the animation of the national democratic game.

Has the development of ICT made the online press flourish? How do you appreciate this kind of press? What should be its structure?

Diomansi bombboat: I like the word regulation, which is the most appropriate, because the word management has an authoritative meaning. That said, I think online newspapers contribute to democratization, to access information, which constitutes a constitutional right. It is unfortunate that Mali has not complied with the UN recommendation, forcing member states to adopt information access laws. I think the right to information should be made an integral right. Unfortunately, within the Malian administration, it is often Omerta’s law that stands in front of journalists in search of useful information.

In addition, I think the online press, like other information and communication technologies, needs a regulatory device that sets the rules of the game. This requires a fairly strong institution backed by a legal environment where there is no room for corruption

What is the challenge for the press today?

In Diomansi Bombo: The press today has powerful tools. It must give itself a way to use them wisely; That means taking advantage of professional and honest training. The result of the first challenge is knowledge of the ethical requirements of the profession. We come to ethics, which I define as the rational theory of individual behavior. To ensure the accuracy of this information, the journalist must cross-check, verify, leaving no room for opportunity. There is a prudent respect for the ethical rules of the profession along with the necessity of ethics. Admittedly, it is the work of human beings to make mistakes, but it is intolerable to deliberately distort the truth for self-serving purposes. For me, whenever a professional takes a step, his intellectual responsibility, his honesty and his conscience are in the hot seat. It is this professional conscience that compels us to fulfill our obligations to the best of our ability, which is the expression of an agreement between the public and us.

Among the challenges is the uncompromising fight against corruption. The media needs to unite to curb this trend which is poisoning and corrupting the proper management of the people. Preventing the spread of fake news is also a big challenge.

What is your view on the national situation?

In Diomansi Bombo: This is a rather complicated situation. It is inappropriate to insult those in power without a thorough analysis of what is happening. Admittedly, one can make reasonably harsh criticisms on crisis management. I think crisis management requires a sense of responsibility based on strong leadership. Relaxation, disregard for the rules and principles of justice are serious obstacles to the smooth running of the country. We are with technical and financial partners whose support is to be commended. But it is just as sad when we witness certain behaviors that are the boundaries of similarity.

Your last word

Diomansi bombboat: I am emphasizing the responsibility of the journalists. I refuse to recognize the press as the 4th force, because the force assumes that we have received an order from the people for a mission. Outside, we don’t have this command to terrorize or misrepresent. Nevertheless, we need to be aware of the heavy responsibility we have to raise awareness of contemporary issues.

In addition, I condemn the practice of information that gives the impression that media professionals do not create the conditions for people to express themselves in the media. But without this participation, it seems to me, we are witnessing a dialogue of the deaf because the vast majority of Malians have more viewers than actors in their own destiny.

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