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Isiguzo, NUJ President Elected Congress Of African Journalists Vice President

Nigeria’s Christopher Isiguzo has been elected as Vice President of the Congress of African Journalists, CAJ.

According to a press release made available to newsmen, the continental media practice body had its first general meeting set up a Governing Council and its leadership at end of its first general meeting today.

Newly elected members of the Council serve a three-year term to address issues affecting journalists and their organizations in Africa.

Isiguzo, who is the NUJ president and the only Nigerian on the CAJ Council is from the Enugu State Chapter of the NUJ.

Speaking after the election on behalf of the new Council, the new President declared inter alia; “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, as he called 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 and the commitments to fight specific threats facing female journalists must be reinforced”.

Leaders elected in the Governing Council included 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.

During 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. According to the release, “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 release explained.

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.

It condemned all attacks on journalists and calls for the release of all journalists out of jail. The CAJ resolved 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.

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