By Philip Yatai
Kaduna, Sept. 29, 2020 The Africa Media Development Foundation (AMDF), on Tuesday, inaugurated a press freedom tracker tagged “Africa Press Freedom Tracker” to provide information on arrests and attacks on journalists in Africa.
The Executive Director of the foundation, Mr Iliya Kure, explained at the virtual launch of the platform that the move was to provide real-time information about attacks on journalists on the continent.
Kure said that the idea was aimed at monitoring and keeping track of incidences of press freedom violations in Africa with a view to addressing the anomaly and promote press freedom.
According to him, the platform will serve as source of useful information to press freedom advocates and researchers among other users.
He added that “the platform will provide detailed information on press freedom violations, including the names of affected journalists, nature of incidences, dates of incidences and those attacking journalists.”
He condemned in strong terms the deliberate attempts by certain individuals in some African countries to violate the rights of journalists with impunity.
He called on African leaders and law enforcement agents to respect the rights of journalists who are legitimately carrying out their duties.
The Deputy Director of the foundation, Sekyen Dadik, enjoined journalists, press freedom fighters, human right activists and participants at the meeting to support the project.
Dadik said they can support the project by sharing information on violations in their respective regions on www.pressfreedommonitor.africa.
She reiterated the commitment of the AMDF in providing professional support to journalists, media research and documentation, media monitoring, and capacity development for journalists and other media workers.
According to her, the efforts will strengthen democracy for sustainable development in the country.
“AMDF envisions a just and informed society through free media and communication to bridge knowledge and information gaps.
“This is why the press freedom tracker is dedicated to monitoring activities around media freedom in Africa,” she said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the virtual meeting was attended by development communication experts, press freedom activists and journalists who fell victims of media violations within and outside the country.