The Congress of African Journalists (CAJ) has been formally registered below Kenyan legal guidelines and has established its continental headquarters in Nairobi.
The CAJ Governing Council introduced the brand new improvement throughout a gathering on Wednesday, September 21, 2022, saying the authorized standing will give it momentum in tackling journalists’ challenges in Africa.
The group was launched on 23 June 2020 to deal with challenges regarding press freedom, journalists’ security and entry to info that have an effect on journalists in the middle of their work. CAJ goals to carry an African method to those points in step with the African Union Agenda 2063 and African Renaissance.
The CAJ intends to undertake the mandate to shield and defend freedom of expression and knowledge as set out within the Declaration of Principles on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information in Africa.
During the Governing Council assembly, held just about, Christopher Isiguzo of Nigeria was named the brand new President of CAJ, to switch founding President Alexandre Niyungeko, who stepped down on account of different commitments. Mr. Niyungeko, who’s president of the Burundi Union of Journalists (UBJ), will stay a member of the Governing Council. Mr. Isiguzo can also be the president of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ).
The secretary stays William Oloo of the Kenya Correspondents Association (KCA) and the treasurer, Ms. Monique Kacou from Cote d’Ivoire. Other members of the Board of Directors are Mr. Ibrahim Ndiaye (Senegal), Ms. Iddah Francis Mushi (Tanzania); Indira Correia Balde (Guinea-Bissau), Syabonga Dlamini (Swaziland), Abdalle Ahmed Mumin (Somalia) Patsy Athanase (Seychelles) and Emmanuel Chibwana (Malawi). The GC will quickly nominate a alternative for Foster Dongozi who died in December
“We are all happy with the registration of the CAJ because this will enable it to play its part in contributing to solving the challenges journalists face in Africa,” stated the outgoing president of the CAJ, Alexandre Niyungeko .
On his half, Mr. Isiguzo, the brand new president stated: ”We welcome this improvement because it takes us ahead and provides us a likelihood to claim our authority and transfer with velocity to perform our mandate to resolve issues dealing with journalists in Africa. CAJ reiterates its dedication to tackling the challenges journalists face on the continent.”
The CAJ supported the regional consultative boards on the UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists (UNPA) led by UNESCO, saying the final result will contribute to improved efforts to deal with the protection of journalists on the continent.
“We will soon roll out a series of activities aimed at addressing the concerns of journalists in Africa and we invite journalists through their unions and associations and partners to work with us in these efforts,” stated Mr. Isiguzo.
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