The founding father of the newspaper Jeune Afrique, Béchir Ben Yahmed, has handed away. He died on Monday morning, Might 3, in Paris on the age of 93. He had been in hospital because the finish of March, after receiving Covid-19. Franco-Tunisian Béchir Ben Yahmed had based the journal, which was to grow to be “YES” in 1960, the yr of many African independence.
Béchir Ben Yahmed was born in Djerba in 1928, in Tunisia below the French Protectorate. Son of a dealer, he fought for independence on the facet Habib Bourguiba for which he was for a time Secretary of State for Data when he was solely 28 years previous.
He already created his first journal: L’Motion in 1956. He left the federal government after which based Afrique Motion in 1960, later modified its title to Jeune Afrique. Béchir Ben Yahmed then left for Rome after which moved to Paris the place the premises of “YES” nonetheless exist immediately.
Anti-colonialist journalist and columnist, Béchir Ben Yahmed met Nasser, Che Guevara, Lumumba and interviewed Ho Chi Min. The press supervisor is described as very demanding and resilient, he managed storms. Prohibition of publication, monetary difficulties … Over time, a bunch is shaped: publishers, occasions and web site.
Within the late 2000s, Béchir Ben Yahmed handed the baton to his sons, Amir and Marwane, as properly as to the present editor-in-chief, François Sudan, who describes Béchir Ben Yahmed as “YES” DNA and an awesome witness. from the postcolonial interval.
The Jeune Afrique group plans to publish the memoirs of Béchir Ben Yahmed in the approaching months.