A support fund for local social information media
By decree of 26 April 2016, the Ministry of Culture decided to create a sustainable support fund dedicated to local social information media. These media (publications, press websites, radios, televisions, webtelevisions, webradios, etc.) are the subject of particular attention because they contribute to the vigour of the local democratic debate by giving voice to the inhabitants of the territories, urban and rural, and are a vector of information and a factor of social cohesion. They help to enhance the image of the territories and to make it evolve and allow a large audience to become familiar with journalistic practice, thus participating in the objective of media education.
On 23 and 24 February 2017, the professional meetings “Local Social Information Media and Community Radio” organized by the Direction des affaires culturelles (DAC) de Mayotte traced a media history in Mayotte. And a workshop work, in the presence of the agents of the Ministry of Culture in charge of the national devices of aids to the media and professionals from metropolitan, has enabled the participants in these meetings to benefit from additional expertise for the preparation of their dossiers.
Four Mahorais media, Le Journal de Mayotte, Kwezi TV, Weekly mayotte and Yao FM In 2017, the Commission received support for local social media in a national call for proposals. These professionals, with 101 mag and Cinemusafiri Supported in 2016, are key players in cultural democratization and media literacy.
In 2018, the support fund for local social information media was allocated to Kwezi TV, to support its operation and development.
Following the professional meetings organized in 2017 by the DAC Mayotte, Jérôme Bouvier, president of the association «Journalism and citizenship» and organizer of « International Conference on Journalism », discussed the possibility of inviting Mahorais journalists to the next Assises du journalisme in Tours in 2019.
Jérôme Bouvier is behind the funding mechanism of the Ministry of Culture for journalists' residences. In Mayotte, this device allowed to welcome in 2017 and 2018 the photojournalist Miquel DEWEVER-PLANA and the journalist Isabelle FOUGÈRE who developed in Mayotte and Reunion the project Of Juliettes and Romeos, co-produced by France Ô.
In 2018, it is the Somapresse which benefits from this financing, for the implementation of Chab', a magazine for young people, by young people, also funded by many institutional partners.