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By NewsGram Staff Writer

During an interactive Google Hangout session with his party volunteers on Sunday, Delhi Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal, said that his government is willing to help the journalists who want to start their own ‘honest and independent’ news channel.

Addressing the Aam Aadmi Party volunteers, Kejriwal said, “Media shows us (as being) very aggressive.”

“We don’t want to start any media (of our own). But, I think that several good people in media are also sad over the goings on. If some big people working in media start their own new channel or a newspaper in a joint effort, the Delhi government is ready to help them. We want an honest and independent media, which show news, not false news…If anyone wants to start a good media, Delhi government would help them,” he added.

During the hangout session, Kejriwal also asked the party volunteers to compare his government’s performance to that of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Kejriwal also claimed that the Delhi government’s popularity has been on the rise.

Kejriwal stated, “24 May will be 100 days of the AAP government in Delhi and 26 May will be 365 days of the Modi government. I feel it will be interesting if someone did a comparison of the work that has been done.”

“The party’s popularity is increasing. Every 15 days, I do an internal survey on the party. Our popularity is increasing. The survey shows that if elections were held today, 72% of the people in Delhi would have voted for us. This was around 50% in February,” he said.

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  • Why not write a comparison of achievements between 365 days of MODI Government and 100 days of Kejriwal Government. An objective analysis of this kind should draw lots of attention.

    • yes for sure a comparison will clear out doubts and it should be timeline based.

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Thrill of 27th Annual Pan African Festival

One of the main goals of the festival is to create dialogue and education through film and the arts.

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Linus has used the power of the media to bring awareness to child marriage, which affects girls around the world. Pixabay

More than 100 artisans and 170 films from around the world are being showcased at the 27th Annual Pan African Film & Arts Festival in Los Angeles.

The multiday event in the largely African American neighborhood of Baldwin Hills aims to connect Africans to people of African descent from around the world.

“As a result of the slave trade and colonization, African people are spread all over the planet, so we get a chance through this festival, get a chance to know each other,” said the festival’s executive director, Ayuko Babu.

Film, fine art, fashion and jewelry with Africa as inspiration are all featured at the festival.

“I never think of us as African American. I think of us as Africans in America, and in coming from that perspective, the ancestral lineage of art and Africa is beyond belief,” said jewelry artist Henry Baba Osageyfo Colby of Timbuktu Art Colony.

FILE - Nigerian filmmaker and actress Stephanie Okereke Linus poses for a photograph during a ceremony to unveil her as the UNFPA Regional Ambassador for Maternal Health in West and Central Africa in Lagos, Nigeria, March 8, 2017.
Nigerian filmmaker and actress Stephanie Okereke Linus poses for a photograph during a ceremony to unveil her as the UNFPA Regional Ambassador for Maternal Health in West and Central Africa in Lagos, Nigeria, March 8, 2017. VOA

Film festival

Filmmakers from around the world, such as Nigerian director and actress Stephanie Linus, also attended the festival.

“Connecting all of us to film that is especially about us and we can see a reflection of ourselves and tell our stories and get a better understanding about where I’m coming from,” said Linus, who presented her movie, Dry, at the festival.

The film is about child marriage and the devastating effects of the practice. It is a social issue in Nigeria that surprised Linus when she first learned about it while attending college.

“I’m like, ‘Oh my God, can you believe that we’re living in the same country? We’re having two totally different experiences.’ We in the south (of Nigeria) are able to go to school, have an education, decide what happens to our bodies, and there’s some people up in the north where they don’t even have those choices.”

Linus has used the power of the media to bring awareness to child marriage, which affects girls around the world.

“I’m happy that people have taken proactive action because we screened the movie in Gambia and a month later, the government banned child marriage in Gambia,” Linus said.

Dialogue and education

One of the main goals of the festival is to create dialogue and education through film and the arts.

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“We know there’s profound things happening around the black world, and so this is a way to amplify that make people pay attention,” Babu said.

This year’s festival opened Feb. 7 and runs through Feb. 18. (VOA)