CAJ Holds General Meeting, Sets-up Its Governing Council
The Congress of African Journalists (CAJ) has completed its first General Meeting.
The Congress on the 24th November, 2020 elected its Governing Council for a three-year term to address issues affecting journalists and their organizations in Africa.
“We extend solidarity to all journalists, media workers, and the
respective media organizations in this trying moment. The CAJ is set to
be an inclusive platform to address all issues affecting journalists,
media workers, editors, in their work in Africa,” said Alexandre
Niyungeko, president of CAJ. “We call on female journalists particularly
to join the Congress and to lead on a number of programs envisaged to
address issues related to gender-based violence, sexual and verbal
harassment, as well as online abuse. The commitments to fight specific
threats facing female journalists must be reinforced”.
Leaders elected in the Governing Council are President, Alexandre
Niyungeko (Burundi); Vice-President, Christopher Isiguzo (Nigeria);
Secretary, William Oloo (Kenya); Treasurer, Ms. Monique Kacou (Côte
d’Ivoire). Others elected as members of the Governing Council were:
Foster Dongozi (Zimbabwe); Ibrahima Ndiaye (Senegal); Ms. Idda Francis
Mushi (Tanzania; Ms. Indira Correia Balde (Guinea Bissau); and Siyabonga
Dlamini (Swaziland). Reserve Members are Abdalle Ahmed Mumin (Somalia);
Ms. Patsy Athanase (Seychelles); and Emmanuel Chibwana (Malawi).
In the first part of the General Meeting on 20 October 2020, the Congress adopted its constitution allowing journalists union and
associations to join as full member affiliates; and other media and editors organizations as associate affiliates.
“The Congress of African Journalists is open to all member unions and associations of Journalists in the African continent “Other journalists organizations (editors guild, media and journalism trainers’ organizations, etc.) can be
admitted with the associate member status. ”
The General Meeting, which was hosted by the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), received a presentation from the United
Nations-Office of the Special Advisor on Africa on the SDG Media Compact.
The CAJ condemns all attacks on journalists and calls for the release of
all journalists out of jail. The CAJ resolves to continue to engage all Governments, the African Union, and partners to uphold press freedom, the safety of journalists, freedom of expression, and access to
information in Africa.