The Federation of African Journalists (FAJ) welcomes the decision by UNESCO and the Government of Ghana to partner for the organisation of the celebrations of the World Press Freedom Day (WPFD) in Ghana on 3-4 May 2018 on the theme: “Media, Justice and the Rule of Law.”
“This year’s theme speaks to the issue of impunity, and there is need to build the capacities of the justice systems in Africa to take-up cases of attacks on journalists, and by their rulings to deter crimes against journalists.” said Abdulwaheed Odusile, President of FAJ.
The IFJ has reported Eighty-one (81) journalists killed in 2017, including Eight (8) in Africa. 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 attacks on journalists for exercising their work. The Federation has engaged the African Union for the setting-up of a Working Group and National Mechanisms on the safety of journalists and the issue of impunity.
The FAJ with the support of UNESCO and other 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 was later endorsed by the UNESCO’s General Conference, and proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in 1993.
The FAJ represents 50,000 journalists in Africa