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Friday, May 4, 2012

MFWA salutes journalists on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day

May 3, 2012
 
On the occasion of World Press Freedom Day  this year, the Media Foundation for West Africa(MFWA ) notes  with special concern especially, the harrowing experience of media rights defenders in countries  like Guinea Bissau and  Mali who have  had  to perform their duties under very harsh conditions imposed as  a result of  the recent  coups d’├ętat in the two countries.  
 
In Guinea-Bissau, the military authorities are enforcing a media blackout which has worsened the already repressive media environment in that country. Mali is also facing similar threats.
The MFWA also salutes journalists and free speech advocates in all countries, especially The Gambia, for their steadfastness in the face of hardships imposed on media and citizens by the repressive Yahya Jammeh regime.  We urge them to continuously work for the improvement of democracy and press freedom in that country.

Issued by MFWA in Accra on May 2, 2012

The MFWA is a regional independent, non-profit, non-governmental organization based in Accra. It was founded in 1997 to defend and promote the rights and freedom of the media and all forms of expression.

For more information please contact:
Kwame Karikari (Prof)
Executive Director
MFWA
Accra
Tel: 233-0302-24 24 70
Fax: 233-0302-22 10 84
Website: www.mediafound.org

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