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In Gabon, private pay-for TV channels who had purchased rights to the African Cup of Nations assured the Minister of Communications, Post, Telecommunications and New Technologies Laure Olga Gondjout that they would offer the signal free to state broadcaster RTG1 after some arm-twisting from Gabon’s President. However, in Togo the Cup can only be seen on a private pay-TV channel, LC2. It offered state broadcaster TVT the rights to the event for FCFA382 million but it was unwilling to pay this amount to show the event.

Moroccan feature film "Squelette" (skeleton), directed by Yassine Fennane, won the "Golden Olive Tree", the highest distinction of the 8th Amazigh Film Festival, which took place on 9 through 13 January in Setif (east of Algeria). "Squelette" tells the story of Hocine, a man who returned to his village after a stay in the city and pledged to sell his body to science. The prize was awarded to the Moroccan filmmaker by a jury including Algerian director Belkacem Hadjadj (president), French producer Jean-Jacques Bernard and Swiss actor Jean-Luc Bideau.

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