Proposed by the Syndicat national des professionnels de la presse, République démocratique du Congo (SNPP)
The World Congress of the International Federation of Journalists, meeting in Angers from June 7th – 10th 2016,
considering that countries had to complete their the digital transition by June 2015 at the latest;
deploring that the transition in Central Africa be tough and imposed without any support to the media and the people;
observing that the switch from analog to digital distribution is condemning a large range of broadcasters to close down since they cannot afford to renew the information production equipment and pay for the new operating licences issued by the government;
noting that DRC and Cameroon broadcast media are dramatically hit and that in 2017 job losses will be particularly high in the industry;
Congress urges IFJ Executive Committee to carry out widespread awareness-raising campaigns and advocacy for the survival of the media under threat.