Journalist leaders launch the Congress of African journalists

23 JUNE 2020

Journalists Leaders Launch The Congress of African Journalists (CAJ)

Leaders of African Journalists organisations have today launched the 
Congress of African Journalists (CAJ) to face the current challenging 
effects of COVID-19 and the collateral impacts on press freedom, the 
safety of journalists, access to information, affecting journalists in 
the course of their work.

The inaugural meeting to launch the Congress was hosted by the Nigeria 
Union of Journalists (NUJ) with the attendance of participants from: 
Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, 
Senegal, Somalia, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, and Zimbabwe. The Congress 
set-up an Interim Governing Council of six (6) members presided by 
Alexandre Niyungeko (President of Union of Burundi Journalists).

Other members of the Interim Governing Council consists of Foster 
Dongozi (Secretary General of Zimbabwe Union of Journalists) 
Vice-President, William Oloo, (Chairman of Kenya Correspondents 
Association) Secretary, Patricia Adjissekou (Secretary General of Togo 

Union of Independent Journalists) Treasurer; Christopher Isiguzo, 
(President of Nigeria Union of Journalists), and Aicha Ahmed Youssouf 
(President of Djibouti Union of the Press and Audiovisual).

  “On the launch of this Congress of African Journalists we commend all 

African journalists for their dedication to press freedom and access to 
information for the general public. We call on African Governments to 
empower the journalists and media organisations to do their work 
efficiently in this trying moment of COVID19.” said the Interim 
President of CAJ

Reports have noted that many journalists have fallen sick or died of 

COVID19, and others have been victimised in the course of their duties 
as essential workers in the frontline to inform the general public. “We 
condole with the victims and their families ” the CAJ added.

The CAJ condemns all attacks on journalists, and calls for the release 
of all journalists in prison in Africa.

The CAJ will continue to engage with all Governments, the African Union 
and partners in expanding freedom of expression and access to 
information for good governance and welfare of the people in Africa.


For more information, contact: [email protected];* 
*Tel of Secretary : +254 786 396 945;  Tel of President:+250 738 286 581*

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