May 23, 2011, 6:53 p.m.
Press Freedom in Africa 2010 is written and published by the Federation of African Journalists (FAJ) providing an overview of what has taken place in the media sector in Africa for 2010. With the FAJ releasing reports every year it will be possible to make multi-year comparisons within and between African countries to determine whether a country is improving or back tracking in their media sector. The report covers three main areas: Press Freedom in the Different Parts of Africa, Journalists Killed in 2010, and Journalists in Prison in 2010.
Within the continent Twelve (12) journalists have been assassinated, five (5) killed accidentally , thirty four (34) jailed, while hundreds continued to be threatened, intimidated , physically attacked, wounded, or forced into exile. Such is the gloomy summary of the state of media freedom in Africa in 2010.
By publishing, for the first time in 2009, a report on the state of press freedom in Africa, the Africa Office of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and the Federation of African Journalists (FAJ) set themselves a twofold challenge: to produce an account by Africans directly experiencing the different problems, but also and especially to undertake a serious analysis and discussion on the fundamental processes unfolding in our societies in the light of the profound aspiration to enable the media to contribute to a fairer, more humane and more democratic society.