IFJ Challenge to African Union Leaders: Set Journalists Free and Abandon Press Controls – Update on the Campaign

Update from CREDO - Centre for Research Education & Development Of Freedom of Expression & Associated Rights



Dear Colleagues,


Find below some web accessible media coverage of the campaign - mostly from African media and reproduced on AllAfrica.Com . There have also been reports in publications not available on the internet in addition to quite a few web postings on sites not listed here.


We are also calling for continued support for the petition in order for an updated list of signatories to be submitted to the newly elected African Commission Chair Alpha Konare at the end of September when he resumes officially.


An updated list of signatories will be available twice weekly Tuesdays and Fridays @ www.fahamu.org .


We will send you a report on the campaign before the end of the month.


We look forward to further collaboration with you.

Thanks again for all your support


All the best

Adeyinka Olubunmi


  • Scribes Engage African Leaders At AU Summit

  • AllAfrica.com, Africa - Jul 13, 2003

    ... to 'improve' on such repressive legislation," reads the petition ... expectation that

    all Africans and friends of Africa welcomed the launch of the African Union ...


  • Press Freedom Petition to Go to AU Leaders

  • AllAfrica.com, Africa - Jul 8, 2003

    ... The petition adds "It was with great hope and expectation that all Africans and

    friends of Africa welcomed the launch of the African Union and looked forward ...


  • Muluzi faces petition in Maputo

  • The Nation, Malawi- Jul 8, 2003

    ... on Wednesday for the second summit of the African Union (AU). A petition to be presented

    to outgoing chair of the AU President Thabo Mbeki of South Africa and ...


  • It's a pity Bush is not visiting Zambia - Levy

  • AllAfrica.com, Africa - Jul 10, 2003

    ... In a petition to outgoing African Union (AU) chairman President Thabo Mbeki of South

    Africa and the incoming chairman President Joaquim Chissano of Mozambique ...


  • Incarceration of Journalists

  • AllAfrica.com, Africa - Jul 9, 2003

    ... need for our leaders at African Union summit in Maputo to heed the petition ... a free,

    independent and robustly critical press ... of freedom of expression in Africa ...

    Also on http://www.zamnet.zm/zamnet/post/editcom.html


  • Petition to the AU Calling for Press Freedom and the Release of ...

  • AllAfrica.com, Africa - Jul 8, 2003

    ... For instance in Southern Africa media practitioners ... of CREDO and FAHAMU stated "the

    African Union ... The petition ends by calling on ... the importance of a free press ...


  • Media Freedom Issues to Be Highlighted At AU Meeting

  • AllAfrica.com, Africa - Jul 8, 2003

    ... campaigners will hand a petition to the African Union ... The petition calls for the repeal

    of "anti-media ... The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) will hand ...


  • Mwanawasa Hails Bush's Visit to Africa

  • AllAfrica.com, Africa - Jul 10, 2003

    ... President's visit would enable him understand why Africa ... On the African Union meeting,

    Mr Mwanawasa said a ... On the petition being circulated by journalists from ...


  • AFRICA: Media freedom issues to be highlighted at AU meeting (IRIN NEWS)


  • MISA supports petition to the African Union for Press Freedom

  • The Kubatana, Zimbabwe - Jul 3, 2003

    The petition, launched by two African ... Education & Development Of Freedom ... Thabo Mbeki

    of South Africa ... Chairperson of the African Union ... affirms that a free press ...



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    Do you support Press Freedom and Freedom of Expression?

    Would you be happy to sign a petition aimed at the African Union & its member states calling for the release of all incarcerated African Journalists & for the repeal of Anti-media and Anti-free expression legislation? If Yes, click on the link to sign the petition - http://www.ipetitions.com/campaigns/freeafricanmedia/

    If you would you like to do more, please make this message part of your signature and/or forward it to like minded people.


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    See also


    Full text of the petition


    IFJ statement