As the world marks 2021 International Day to end Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists, an NGO, Africa Media Development Foundation, AMDF calls on relevant authorities in Africa to ensure perpetrators of such crimes are brought to justice.
In a statement signed by the Executive Director, AMDF, Mr Iliya Kure in Kaduna, he noted with concern the increasing cases of journalists being killed, attacked and kidnapped around the continent in the cause of their statutory duties.
Kure called on African leaders to understand that the media is instrumental to projecting the voice of the voiceless, unraveling socio economic issues, as well as proffering solutions to challenges and problems faced by many.
According to him, the media have always played great roles in scrutinizing governments, exposing corruption and holding leaders accountable, thereby contributing to the greater transparency and public sector stability.
The Executive Director further stated that, while the media achievements are worth celebrating, press freedom in Africa continues to deteriorate, a situation, AMDF views as a serious threat.
“Ironically too, most of the press unfriendly countries, have forgotten that the press have over the years made invaluable contributions to the continent’s democratic journey.
Kure mentioned that, as a media development organisation that provides professional support to media, journalists and also upholds press freedom in Africa, they frown at any act that can jeopardize freedom of the press in Africa.
International Day to end Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists is celebrated annually on 2nd November.
NGO calls for justice on crime against journalists