From Tuesday the 1st of June 2021, leaders of regional and national media organizations from the African continent will be hosted at a conference in Accra.
The Continental Journalist Leaders Conference will discuss several issues including the erosion of press freedom on the continent and the impact that COVID-19 has had on the inky vocation according to a press release from the Ghana Journalists Association.
“It will discuss strategies to shape the media industry on the continent in response to the Covid 19 pandemic which has dealt a terrible blow to jobs and media sustainability. The continental journalist leaders conference will also examine the worrisome erosion of media freedom in many countries in Africa and propose practical measures to reverse the trend,” reads a statement issued by the President of the GJA, Roland Affail Monney.
“The general precarious working conditions of journalists will receive priority attention. To this end, the conference will explore viable options to strengthen the bargaining capacity of journalist unions in Africa.”
The conference is expected to come out with an Accra Declaration which will articulate the future direction of journalism in Africa.
The President of FAJ, El- Sadig Ibrahim Ahmed Ibrahim and a representative of the African Union, Ambassador Ahmed Salah, it said, are in Accra for the conference.