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CAN-2017: African leaders denounce "prohibitive" broadcasting rights

APS - 31 January 2017

ADDIS ABABA (Ethiopia)- The Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU), who met Monday and Tuesday in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), denounced the “prohibitive and inconsiderate” broadcasting rights of the African Football Cup of Nations, currently taking place in Gabon.

In a motion adopted in the 28th AU Summit, the African leaders denounced and condemned “with utmost firmness and vigour the injustice made to the African youth, as they celebrate one of the most federative events with global impact, the African Football Cup of Nations.”

“Our populations, everywhere in African, are unfortunately unable to watch and live with joy these African moments of jubilation because of the monopolistic position with purely mercantile interests, of the international financial lobbies and powers on the direct control of broadcasting rights,” they said.

The African leaders called for a “law relating to broadcasting conditions of sporting events of major importance, to be adopted at the continental level and at the level of each Member State.”

They also called for measures and actions to be taken “to put an end to the current unfair and discriminatory order of broadcasting rights’ markets on the continent, which deprives the majority of the continent’s youth to watch the competitions.