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afrol News partner media: IRIN & PlusNews

IRIN, or the Integrated Regional Information Networks, is a web-based media run by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). It covers mostly humanitarian affairs in sub-Saharan Africa and Central Asia. Established in 1994, this UN media aims at "bridging the information gap", free of charge for decision-makers and the public at large. Production is in English and French.

IRIN journalists mostly started up as UN volunteers reporting to the agency's three African headquarters; Johannesburg, Nairobi and Abidjan, but IRIN meanwhile only engages skilled journalists. Initially focusing mostly on humanitarian affairs, the UN agency now increasingly looks into political issues. Coverage has become increasingly - but not fully - independent.

PlusNews is a semi-independent agency operated by IRIN to especially focus on the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Africa. With a large production of analyses, articles and short stories in English, French and Portuguese each day, the UN media PlusNews has developed into the main agency covering this issue, also from countries where little is told about HIV/AIDS. Working to raise awareness on the disease in Africa, afrol News has become a natural partner to offer African newspapers AIDS coverage free of charge.

afrol News has not included IRIN and PlusNews in its partner media network, as they are not truly independent media. We have however received IRIN and PlusNews news feed through the MisaNet news exchange network of independent African media with a full right of free reproduction since 2000. Since early 2006, IRIN and PlusNews cooperate directly with the afrol News network, with an aim of reaching out to the independent African press. afrol News sometimes publishes IRIN copy on its website, and distributes most of the UN agency's copy to its partner media.

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