Charge a release
CONGRATULATIONS to the Cape Times on having your journalistcontent provider selected for the Training Course for Young African Journalists in Cairo.
It is heartening to read that the course’s aim is to bring journalists together to bridge the continent’s divide.
We read that this course is co-organised by Egypt’s Supreme Council for Media Regulation. One supreme method of Egypt “regulating” its media is that one Al-Jazeera TV journalist has been detained without trial for over 10 months. Al-Jazeera reminds all viewers of this every night in its 8pm world newscast.
It is overdue that we have, for example, a Cape Times editorial on the time-honoured slogan of “charge or release”, and that the Union of African Journalists and other media trade unions take up this case before it encourages other police states to do the same. Keith Gottschalk Claremont