African journalists’ body decries media repression and absolute impunity in the continent

FAJ emphatically denounces the continued media freedom attacks which instil fear in the hearts of journalists who are working under very appalling conditions. Journalists must not be forced to either work in situation of fear or favour by the government of the day. African Governments must allow the media to execute their professional duties without any form of intimidation, and must not use their powers to control and stifle press freedom.

“Journalism matters and it is time to end unjust restrictions and the threat of attacks with impunity against journalists. Our governments are duty bound to guarantee the safety and security of journalists and not to persecute them in an effort to control the free flow of information, especially in this difficult period when our nations are mobilising all resources to defeat the deadly disease of COVID-19”.

In addition to the unnecessary repressions and restrictions, journalists are regularly imperilled with almost absolute impunity and their safety is severely compromised with little or no protection accorded to them from most African governments, which sustains unending safety crisis for poorly remunerated journalists.

FAJ underscores that for any African country to be of any democratic value in the full sense of the word it needs to have a media that is brave, working without fear or favour and speaking truth to power.

“FAJ calls upon the African governments to take meaningful steps to protect free flow of information and challenge the climate of impunity which is perpetuated by the lack of substantive measures to bring to justice the perpetrators of heinous rights abuses against journalists.

Sadiq Ibrahim Ahmed

FAJ President

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