JOURNALISTS across Africa will on January,29 this year join hands through the African Media Stakeholders steering committee to launch the ‘Digital Platform’ that aims to enhance their safety against perpetrators of crime against the scribes.
According to Jovial Rantao, a Digital Platform Platform for the Safety of Journalists in Africa Steering Committee Chairperson,the platform will be promoting Partnerships, Prevention, Protection and Prosecution of perpetrators of crimes against journalists (4Ps) in Africa, with a view to enhancing the safety of journalists and combating impunity in crimes against them.
The launch to be held virtually will usher in a platform through which the safety of journalists on the continent will be promoted “in real time monitoring,reporting and follow-ups actions by both duty and right bearers.”
This is in order to hold the perpetrators of violence against journalists and media outlets accountable for their crimes,Mr. Rantao said.
The African media stakeholders through a multi stakeholder steering committee established the digital platform for the safety of journalists in Africa in late 2020.
Among the stakeholders are African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM), Free Press Unlimited, ARTICLE 19,African Freedom of Expression Exchange,International Federation of Journalists,The African Editors Forum (TAEF), Media Action,Safety for Journalists,Mult-Donor Programme on Freedom of Expression and Safety of Journalists, AGA, IMS, and FAJ.
Meanwhile Mr Rantao added that the digital platform will also contribute to the achievement of the expected results in the amended Declaration of Principles on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information in Africa (2019) and the United Nations Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity.
Rantao further explained that he expected results will provide an enabling environment for the media to operate in African Union member states, through respect for the rights of journalists and the end to impunity for crimes against journalists on the continent.
Mr Rantao,however, extended an invitation to all journalists on the continent to the Virtual Launch of the African Media Stakeholders’ Digital Platform for the Safety of Journalists in Africa.