Cease attacks on press, free speech, journalists urge African governments


Over 200 journalists across Africa, who gathered in Ouagadogou, Burkina Faso, during the week for a conference on free speech and freedom of expression have urged African leaders to end attacks on journalists and free speech in their respective domains.


In a communique signed at the end of the International Festival of Freedom of Expression and Press (FILEP) organised by the Norbert Zongo Press Centre (CNP-NZ), the journalists also urged some governments to ensure the release of journalists who have been detained for carrying out their legitimate duties.

The theme of this biennial FILEP meeting is “Feathers, microphones and cameras for a free and united Africa”. It held between September 25-28.

At the event were representatives of media organisations, journalists, the African Federation of Houses and Press Centers (FACMP), media rights organisations, human rights defenders, and other media personalities.

The three-event commenced on Wednesday with an official opening by the Burkina Faso Speaker of the House conference

The conference which involves an international symposium on the theme of the festival with several sub-themes and constituted panels of debates started with an inaugural conference by a professor, Théophile Obenga.

The debates allowed the invited journalists to brainstorm in the challenges facing reporter in their domains and offer solutions to these.


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