Jeune Afrique (English: Young Africa) is a French-language pan-African weekly news magazine, founded in 1960 in Tunis and subsequently published in Paris by Jeune Afrique Media Group. It is the most widely read pan-African magazine.[1] It offers coverage of African and international political, economic and cultural news. It is also a book publisher, under the imprint "Les Éditions du Jaguar".[2]

Jeune Afrique
EditorDanielle Ben Yahmed
CategoriesNews magazine
Total circulation
FounderBéchir Ben Yahmed
Founded17 October 1960; 63 years ago (1960-10-17)
CompanyJeune Afrique Media Group
Based inParis

Starting in 1997, Jeune Afrique has also maintained a news website.

Published on a weekly basis for its first sixty years, it has been published monthly since 2020.[3]

History and profile edit

Jeune Afrique was co-founded by Béchir Ben Yahmed, then minister of information of Tunisian President Habib Bourguiba, and other Tunisian intellectuals in Tunis on 17 October 1960.[4] The founders of the weekly moved to Paris[5] due to strict censorship imposed during the presidency of Habib Bourgiba.[6] The magazine covers African political, economic and cultural spheres, with an emphasis on Francophone Africa and the Maghreb.

Jeune Afrique covered the emerging fedayeen movement of the Palestine Liberation Organization immediately after the 1967 war between the Arab states and Israel.[7] The magazine published an interview with Yasser Arafat in May 1968.[7]

From 2000 (issue 2040) to early 2006 (issue 2354), the magazine went by the name of Jeune Afrique L'intelligent.[8]

Jeune Afrique is published by Jeune Afrique Media Group, which also publishes the monthly English-language news magazine The Africa Report.

The headquarters of the magazine in Paris has been attacked in France two times, once, in 1986, and the other time, in January 1987.[9] Responsibility for the latter attack was claimed by the French nationalist Charles Martel Group.[9]

The magazine has an edition published for Tunisia, which has been suspended several times for covering sensitive news concerning the country.[10] For instance, from July 1984 to January 1985 it was banned in the country.[6] In June 1989 the magazine was also banned in Morocco.[6] During this period, it had a circulation of around 13,000 copies in the country.[6]

The COVID-19 crisis and the print media situation in France has led to the ongoing digitalization of Jeune Afrique. In early December 2020, Jeune Afrique's management announced the first redundancy plan in its history due to declining economic results caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.[11]

In late September 2023 Jeune Afrique was banned by the military government of Burkina Faso due to the articles which allegedly discredited the army.[12]

Organization chart edit

Amir Ben Yahmed, CEO
Danielle Ben Yahmed, Vice President
François Soudan, Vice President & Managing editor
Marwane Ben Yahmed, Director of publication
Mamadou Goundiam, Executive Director

References edit

  1. ^ "Qui sommes-nous ? -". (in French). 1 June 2015. Retrieved 31 January 2017.
  2. ^ Les Éditions du Jaguar, "Qui Somme-Nous"
  3. ^ "" Jeune Afrique veut être un média quotidien "". Stratégies (in French). 30 October 2020. Retrieved 25 January 2023.
  4. ^ Peter Karibe Mendy Lobban Jr. (17 October 2013). Historical Dictionary of the Republic of Guinea-Bissau. Scarecrow Press. p. 467. ISBN 978-0-8108-8027-6. Retrieved 15 May 2015.
  5. ^ Paula Youngman Skreslet (2000). Northern Africa: A Guide to Reference and Information Sources. Libraries Unlimited. p. 57. ISBN 978-1-56308-684-7. Retrieved 28 April 2016.
  6. ^ a b c d James Phillip Jeter (January 1996). International Afro Mass Media: A Reference Guide. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 115. ISBN 978-0-313-28400-7.
  7. ^ a b Chamberlin, Paul (2011). "The Struggle Against Oppression Everywhere: The Global Politics of Palestinian Liberation". Middle Eastern Studies. 47 (1): 32–33. doi:10.1080/00263201003590300.
  8. ^ "Quand Jeune Afrique redevient Jeune Afrique – Jeune Afrique". (in French). 14 March 2006. Retrieved 15 February 2023.
  9. ^ a b "Paris shooting: A timeline of violent attacks on French media". The Star. Paris. 7 January 2015. Retrieved 7 May 2015.
  10. ^ Daniel Jacobs; Peter Morris (2001). The Rough Guide to Tunisia. Rough Guides. p. 55. ISBN 978-1-85828-748-5. Retrieved 12 October 2014.
  11. ^ "Jeune Afrique engage un PSE portant sur une vingtaine de postes". Stratégies (in French). 7 October 2020. Retrieved 26 January 2023.
  12. ^ "Burkina Faso junta suspends French magazine over 'untruthful' articles". Reuters. 26 September 2023. Retrieved 26 September 2023.

External links edit

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