By Mankah Berinice
World press freedom day (WPFD) 2022 was a memorable one as Cameroon Journalist Trade Union (CJTU) members in the North West region boosted their knowledge of digital reporting. The day which was celebrated under the theme “Journalism Under Digital Siege” was aimed at reuniting relevant stakeholders such as policymakers, Journalist media representatives, activists, cyber security, managers, and legal experts to explore these issues and develop concrete solutions to address the threats posed by increased surveillance to press freedom and privacy.
The coordinator of Draufsicht Bamenda who was guest speaker reminded the journalists to “separate journalism from activism” and also called on journalists to attend more training and workshops in order to up their skills and not only focus on what they were taught in school. He added that the media plays an important part in building narratives and sharing information and so, information should have credibility based on research and should make good use of nonviolent communication.
In a speech presented by the Director-General of UNESCO (United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization) on the occasion of the world press freedom day read at the event, “We all must do more to address the risk and seize the opportunities of the digital age…I invite member states, the media community, as well as civil society to come together to develop a new digital configuration one that protects both journalism and journalist”.
According to UNESCO, May 03rd acts as a reminder to governments of the need to respect their commitments to press freedom and it’s also a day for reflection among media professionals about issues of press freedom and professional ethics.