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Notes to broadcasters: Press freedom

Article 19 of the United Nation’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights states: “Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.”

Upholding and negotiating freedom of the press is a constant struggle for radio journalists in Africa. Many radio journalists have been attacked during conflicts or simply while doing their job.

The original article on which this story was based can be found at this address: http://africa.ifj.org/fr/articles/la-fij-sinquiete-de-la-securite-dune-journaliste-agressee-au-congo-brazzaville

Reporters Without Borders produces reports on the state of press freedom. Their report for Congo-Brazzaville can be found here: http://en.rsf.org/report-congo,12.html http://fr.rsf.org/congo-congo-05-01-2010,35662.html

The Reporters Without Borders website, which carries many stories about injustices committed against journalists across Africa, is available through this link: http://en.rsf.org/africa,1.html

A radio article with a statement from Rob Mahoney of the Committee to Protect Journalists (http://www.cpj.org/) is downloadable via: http://www.unmultimedia.org/radio/english/2013/02/seventy-journalists-killed-in-2012-cpj/index.html

The Freedom of Expression Toolkit is UNESCO’s contribution to the issue. It is written with upper high school students in mind. The Toolkit covers major concepts and issues and is written in an easy-to-understand, conversational manner. It can be found here: http://www.unesco.org/new/en/communication-and-information/resources/publications-and-communication-materials/publications/full-list/freedom-of-expression-toolkit/

Notes to broadcasters on World Press Freedom Day were published in Farm Radio Weekly issue #244 (April 2013). They are available here: http://weekly.farmradio.org/2013/04/29/notes-to-broadcasters-world-press-freedom-day/

Further Notes to broadcasters on media and press freedom are available here: http://weekly.farmradio.org/2013/06/10/notes-to-broadcasters-media-and-press-freedom/ (FRW #249, June 2013)

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