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Title:Journalist in Africa: a high-risk profession under threat
Author:Frère, Marie SoleilISNI
Periodical:Journal of African Media Studies (ISSN 1751-7974)
Geographic term:Subsaharan Africa
Subjects:freedom of the press
External link:http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/intellect/jams/2014/00000006/00000002/art00005
Abstract:Every year, several international organizations monitoring press freedom worldwide issue reports in which they underline the occupational hazards faced by journalists while reporting. Some African countries, such as Eritrea, Sudan, Somalia or Equatorial Guinea, have been regularly pinpointed at the bottom of annual press freedom rankings. A few others, Cape Verde, Namibia, Niger, Ghana, South Africa, are crawling among the top 50. How do the indicators used by these organizations reveal a specific understanding of the professional practices and of the risks associated with them? Are they relevant to the reality of the daily practice of journalism on the African continent? Have these images led to particular measures aimed at preventing or self-regulating potential abuses in view of the risks incurred? Are there other 'high-risk' areas of the professional practice that these indicators fail to cover, and why? Starting from a reflection on the criteria used internationally to assess press freedom, and on the 'risks' associated with the profession, the article tries to show that the threats upon media professionals on the African continent are much more complex than those rankings and their indicators would suggest. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]