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Declaration of Table Mountain

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Declaration of Table Mountain

In country after country, the African press is crippled by a panoply of repressive measures, from the jailing and persecution of journalists to the widespread scourge of 'insult laws' and criminal defamation. WAN-IFRA’s Declaration of Table Mountain is an earnest appeal to all Africans, particularly those in power, to recognise that political and economic progress flourishes in a climate where the press is free and independent of governmental, political or economic control.

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  • 2014-06-16 16:11
    The Board of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA), meeting in Torino, Italy, on the 8th June 2014 during the 66th World Newspaper Congress, 21st World Editors Forum and 24th World Advertising Forum, calls on African heads of state and US President Barak Obama, to put freedom of expression on the agenda at the inaugural U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit due to be held in Washington, D.C. on August 5th and 6th, 2014. Read more ...
  • 2014-03-21 14:05
    18 Non-Government Organisations will appear at the African Court On Human and Peoples’ Rights, in Arusha, Tanzania as amici curiae (friends of the court) to support Lohé Issa Konaté, editor of Burkina Faso weekly newspaper L’Ouragan, who was convicted of defamation, public insult and insulting a magistrate for articles alleging corruption of the State Prosecutor. Read more ...
  • 2014-03-21 13:44
    WAN-IFRA and civil society groups express hope that laws criminalising free speech will finally be repealed; Liberia committed to reform in 2012 but has so far failed to retract legislation. Read more ...
  • 2014-01-27 18:26
    Eskinder Nega, an Ethiopian publisher, journalist and blogger who is serving an 18-year jail sentence under anti-terror legislation, has been awarded the 2014 Golden Pen of Freedom, the annual press freedom prize of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA). Read more ...
  • 2013-11-25 00:20
    On 10 December 2013, join publishers, editors, journalists, bloggers and broadcasters in the campaign to re-publish the Declaration of Table Mountain and engage parliamentarians and civil society on the importance of a free press. Read more ...
  • 2013-07-31 17:44
    Since 2010, there has been significant institutional progress for press freedom in Africa. The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) passed a resolution in November of that year urging governments to repeal criminal defamation. Two resolutions followed: the Pan-African Parliament’s (PAP) passing of the ‘Press Freedom for Development and Governance: Need to Reform’ resolution in 2012, and the ‘Midrand Declaration’ in 2013. Both resolutions condemn violations of media freedom and put safeguards into motion for its protection, including an annual ‘media freedom index’ in Africa and a decision to collectively recognise WAN-IFRA’s Declaration of Table Mountain Campaign to repeal criminal defamation. Read more ...
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  • 2012-11-28 13:59
    A panel discussion hosted by the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) and the Office of the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression at the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, Pansy Tlakula, revealed how criminal defamation and insult laws are hindering Africa’s press and in turn, the economic and social progress of its people. Read more ...
  • 2012-11-14 10:53
    The President of Liberia, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, has become the latest head of state to commit to the core principles of a free press after endorsing WAN-IFRA’s Declaration of Table Mountain in Monrovia on Saturday 21 July 2012. Read more ...

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