CAJ Governing Council announced the new
development during a meeting on Wednesday September 21, 2022 and said the legal
status will give it impetus in tackling journalists’ challenges in Africa.
The organization was launched on the 23 June
2020 to address challenges on press freedom, the safety of journalists, and
access to information, affecting journalists in the course of their work. CAJ
aims to bring an African approach to these issues in line with African Union
Agenda 2063 and African Renaissance.
CAJ intends to take up the mandate of
protecting and defending freedom of expression and information as laid down in
the Declaration of Principles of Freedom of Expression and Access to
Information in Africa.
During the Governing Council meeting, held
virtually, Christopher Isiguzo from Nigeria was named the new president of CAJ,
to replace the founding president Alexandre Niyungeko who stepped down due to
other commitments. Mr. Niyungeko who is the president of the Burundi Union of
Journalists (UBJ) will remain a member of the Governing Council. Mr. Isiguzo is
also the President of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ).
The Secretary remains William Oloo from Kenya
Correspondents Association(KCA) and the treasurer, Ms. Monique Kacou from Cote
d’Iviore. Other members of the Governing Council are Ibrahima Ndiaye (Senegal),
Ms. Iddah Francis Mushi (Tanzania), Ms. Indira Correia Balde (Guinea – Bissau),
Syabonga Dlamini (Swaziland), Abdalle Ahmed Mumin (Somalia) Ms. Patsy Athanase
(Seychelles) and Emmanuel Chibwana (Malawi). The GC will soon nominate a replacement
for Foster Dongozi from Zimbabwe who passed on in December 2021.
“We are all elated about the registration of
CAJ because this will enable it play its role in contributing to addressing the
challenges facing journalists in Africa,’’ said outgoing president of CAJ,
On his part, Mr. Isiguzo, the new president
said: ‘’ We welcome this development as it takes us forward and gives us a
chance to assert our authority and move with speed to discharge our mandate of
addressing problems facing journalists in Africa. CAJ restates its commitment
to tackling the challenges facing journalists in the continent.’’
CAJ endorsed the regional consultative forums
on the UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists (UNPA) led by UNESCO
saying the outcome will contribute to improved efforts in addressing the safety
of journalists in the continent.
‘We will soon roll out a range 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 endeavors, ‘’ said Mr. Isiguzo.
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