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World Press Freedom Day: Journalists committed to practice despite attacks, threats – Kure

Posted by on May 3, 2022 0

The Executive Director, Africa Media Development Foundation (AMDF), Iliya Kure, has hailed journalists in Africa, and others around the world, for their resilience in the frontline practice of journalism, despite the attacks, threats, imprisonment, loss and blackmail.

In a press statement to mark the 2022 World Press Freedom Day, Ikiya Kure added, “As we mark the 2022 World Press Freedom Day, we remember each of the 55 journalists killed worldwide in the last year (UNESCO figures), who died in the line of duty, or because of their journalistic practice.”

“Today, we salute journalists in Africa, and others around the world, who remain in the frontline to practice journalism, despite the attacks, threats, imprisonment, loss and blackmail.”

He noted that over time, Press Freedom in Africa has remained an issue of concern, with high incidences of violations and attacks on the Press by security agents, on the orders of people in authority, and sometimes by aggrieved members of the public, who take the law into their hands.

He explained that the day is set aside by the United Nations to serve as a reminder to governments of the need to respect their commitment to Press Freedom and also a day of reflection among media professionals about issues of press freedom and professional ethics.

The Executive Director explained that AMDF is concerned with increasing cases of harassment, arrests, imprisonment, torture and digital attacks on journalists for no other reason, other than doing their work.

He called on governments and security agencies in Africa to respect the freedom of the press at all times and also called on journalists to adhere strictly to the code of journalism ethics each time they write their stories.

According to him, AMDF aligned itself with the 2022 theme, “Journalism Under Digital Siege”, which is a reflection of the many challenges confronting journalists in the discharge of their duties.

He stated that it is important because the trend of online attacks on media is significantly increasing, with women journalists worst hit, stressing that a recent statistic by UNESCO shows a shocking prevalence of harassment online, where nearly three-quarters of female media professionals had experienced online violence linked to their work.

World Press Freedom Day: Journalists committed to practice despite attacks, threats – Kure

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