By Frezer Zewude, UAA
Afrah Nasser, a Ethiopian-Yemen Blogger and winner of CPJ`s International Press Freedom Award 2017 yesterday initiated a minute silence in honour and tribute to journalists who have died in line of duty. This was during the opening session on 2 May on “Strengthening Media’s Role in the Face of New Challenges” at the African Union conference centre.
The session was attended by the Rt Honourable Jeremy Hunt MP and Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, United Kingdom; Wambui Kiai, the Director for the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Nairobi; Jonathan Munro, the Head of Newsgathering, BBC and Nadia Khiari, a press cartoonist; Cartoonists for Peace and creator of Willis from Tunis. The panel was moderated by Hiba Morgan, who is a producer and Journalist with Al Jazeera.
Nasser informed about the dangerous situation journalists in Yemen face arguing that; “In Yemen there is no reliable competent media. Yemeni government does not care about addressing citizens’ needs but works for it`s international image, which is just a propaganda”.
It`s known that Yemen is in conflict and every citizen is in danger but journalists are the first victims – she said, adding that in Senna the first destruction sites were Tv and radio stations. In 2018, 99 journalists killed and 348 looked in prison. These disturbing developments and threats to the profession have been covered in the Report on Assaults on Journalists.