The Federation of African Journalists (FAJ) lauds the theme of the UNESCO World Press Freedom Day in Ghana, and calls on Governments and the Judiciary to put an end to the impunity for crimes committed against journalists in their work.
UNESCO and the Government of Ghana have partnered to hold the celebrations of the World Press Freedom Day (WPFD) in Accra the capital of Ghana on 2-3 May 2018, on “ Keeping Power in Check: Media, Justice and the Rule of Law.”
“This year’s theme speaks to the issue of impunity, and we are present here in Ghana to call on all stakeholders to strengthen the justice systems in Africa, prosecute all attacks on journalists, and by so doing to deter any crimes against journalists.” said Abdulwaheed Odusile, President of FAJ.
According to UNESCO, in more than nine out of ten cases of killings, the perpetrators are never brought to justice. The FAJ calls on the justice systems in Africa to investigate and bring to justice all attacks on journalists in their work. The Federation has engaged the African Union for the setting-up of a Working Group and National Mechanisms to monitor and address the safety of journalists and the issue of impunity in Africa.
The FAJ with the support of all stakeholders intends to strengthen the engagements with the African Union Commission and its organs for the implementation of norms, instruments and mechanisms to address the safety of journalists and the issue of impunity, in order to allow journalists to work safely for the achievement of “the Africa we want”.
Following the Windhoek Declaration on free, independent and pluralistic media on 3 May 1991, the WPFD has been endorsed by the UNESCO General Conference, and proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in 1993.
For more information, contact FAJ Secretariat: admin@ africanjournalists.org
The FAJ represents 50,000 journalists in Africa