African Union (AU) Launches Online Platform To Improve Protection For Media Professionals
The African Union (AU) has announced a new online platform that will help carry out real-time tracking and monitoring of threats against journalists and frontline media professionals on the continent.
According to the International Federation of Journalists, six African journalists were, sadly, killed in 2020. There have been countless reporting of others that have been censored, harassed, threatened and arrested.
To curb this diabolical situation and help improve working protection for journalists and media professionals, as well as to help ensure the protection of the right to freedom of expression across Africa, The AU it has launched the new website (www.safetyofjournalistsinafrica.africa) to track threats to African journalists. It is hoped that media professionals on the continent will use this "powerful" new tool.
Is support, Cyril Ramaphosa, the South African President said: "You don't have to like journalists or their work to support this initiative. It requires that we rigorously defend the right of journalists to do their work, write, publish, and broadcast what they like, even if we disagree with some or all of it. The digital platform for the safety of journalists in Africa is an important tool in promoting the safety of journalists and other media workers across Africa."