#PressFreedomAfrica focuses on African journalists

May 3, 2018

Marking 25 years since the Windhoek Declaration, frayintermedia is lead a Tweet Up and invited journalists from across the African continent to tweet using #PressFreedomAfrica. The event trended nationally for South Africa and saw journalists from Kenya, Ghana, Nigeria and other countries sharing their experiences and opinions around Press Freedom and speaking truth to power.

 

 

Now, like then, African journalists are pressing for an independent, pluralistic and free press as an essential aspect for democracy. 

 

"This online conversation is one way frayintermedia hopes to have journalists talk to each other about our common goals to change the African narrative. In an era of declining public trust in the media, journalists have a real role to play in promoting credible, independent and trusted journalism that serves the public," said Paula Fray, Managing Director of frayintermedia.

 

For journalism and press freedom in Africa there have been a mixed bag of results. 

 

The Unesco Trends in Media report says that while there is excitement around new media's ability to expand freedoms, there are increasing incursions into privacy and an expansion of mass and arbitrary surveillance.

 

Trust between journalist and the public is also fragile. 

Two key aspects that the media still grapples with are "independence and plurality", both of which seem to be elusive thus far. Journalists are still being harassed. 

 

Kemi Omololu-Olunloyo(@HNNAfrica) from Nigeria has been arrested three times and her passport is still confiscated by authorities. 
Plurality is means diversity across many levels. In the number of media outlets and the voices that the media amplified. 

 

Women also feature very little as newsmakers or contributors to the narrative in the media. 

Who then are the champions for press freedom in Africa? 

 

 

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