African jour­nal­ists’ cri­sis

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ADDIS ABABA: African jour­nal­ism is in cri­sis with 13 jour­nal­ists mur­dered and 32 jailed in 2009 and the African Union is do­ing noth­ing to re­verse the trend, an in­ter­na­tional jour­nal­ists’ group said this week.

In a re­port the In­ter­na­tional Fed­er­a­tion of Jour­nal­ists named Eritrea, So­ma­lia, Tu­nisia, the Demo­cratic Repub­lic of the Congo and Gam­bia as the most re­pres­sive coun­tries for African jour­nal­ists to work in.

The sec­re­tary-gen­eral of the fed­er­a­tion, Ai­dan White, said: “We… want gov­ern­ments… to stop think­ing the me­dia is a po­lit­i­cal in­stru­ment rather than a force for demo­cratic change.”

A del­e­ga­tion from the group was due to meet rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Ethiopian gov­ern­ment and the AU in Addis Ababa this week. – Reuters

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