African journalists’ crisis
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