Journos lobby for protection

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THE Federation of African Journalists (Faj) attending the 19th session of the African Union summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, is lobbying the different AU commissions and ambassadors accredited to the continental body for a legally-binding resolution on the protection of journalists amidst an upsurge in attacks on scribes on the continent.
The Faj board has been engaging the Peace and Security Council and Permanent Representatives Committees to adopt a binding resolution to protect journalists, and to follow up on the decision of the AU Commission on Human and People’s Rights on the safety and protection of journalists.
FAJ president Omar Farouk told the Zimbabwe Independent on Tuesday six journalists were killed in Somalia in the course of their duties this year while one was killed in Nigeria after an attack by an Islamic sect, Boko Haram.
Seven journalists were killed in Libya during the Arab Spring revolution last year and four died in Somalia. About 32 journalists have been jailed for more than 10 years in Eritrea and four have died in jail.
In Zimbabwe, journalists have routinely been harassed by security forces and supporters of the former ruling party, Zanu PF.
Media, Information and Publicity minister Webster Shamu used World Press Freedom Day in May to threaten journalists from the privately-owned media with a return to an era of media controls if they persisted with an “anti-African and anti-Zimbabwe frenzy”. — Staff Writer.

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