OIF adopts press freedom resolution

Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- The International Organisation of the Francophonie (OIF) has expressed concern over the multiple assaults and deadly violence directed towards journalists in carrying out their duties in Africa and elsewhere.
In a resolution on the freedom of the press adopted Saturday at the end of its 10th summit here, the OIF also said it was concerned about the breach of the press's right to freedom of expression in an increasing number of countries.
It expressed its willingness to mark solidarity with the press professionals and the victims of violence, recalling the provisions of the Declaration of Bamako under which the professionals engaged to ensure that press freedom is upheld.
The leaders pledged to support a new international instrument to strengthen the provisions in force on the protection of journalists, especially in areas hit by armed conflicts, and provide them with the necessary tools to fulfil their mission.
Finally the International Organisation of the Francophonie made an urgent appeal for the immediate release of journalists detained in various countries.
The declaration was issued Saturday to mark the 100th day in captivity of French journalists Christian Chesnot and Georges Malbrunot who are being held by an Iraqi Islamist Movement in the Middle East nation.
Addressing the final press conference on the summit, French President Jacques Chirac appealed to the reporters' abductors to "show their love for fellow human beings and to release the two hostages" so that they may return to their families and colleagues.

27 november 2004 19:11:00




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