COVID-19: CAMASEJ NW Postpones World Press Freedom Day Celebrations

As enshrined under Article 19 of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights, every year on May 3 is a date which celebrates the fundamental principles of Press Freedom  or World Press Freedom Day (WPFD), to evaluate press freedom around the world, to defend the media from attacks  on their independence and to pay tributes to Journalists who have lost their lives in the exercise of their profession.

It is rather unfortunate that this year will be different in Cameroon, given the fact that the country is one amongst the many suffering from the COVID-19 pandemic.

As such, in line with preventive Measures put in place by the Government of Cameroon to combat the virus and as instituted by the World Health Organization, social distancing, no gathering of more than 50 persons, suspension of national and international events are in force

 Members of the Northwest  Chapter of the. Cameroon Association of English speaking Journalists(CAMASEJ) have postponed this year's edition of the WPFD to a later date

This postponement according to the Chapter President, Ambe McMillan is due to the fact that the chapter has more 50 Members

"We have more than 50 Members. We as Journalists cannot be preaching virtue and practicing vice" he noted

The chapter was mobilising for a gigantic celebretions but the Advent of the coronavirus has brought it's mobilisation to an abrupt end

The chapter President however remarks that the  sensitization campaigns currently running on media organs in the region should continue as it will help curb the spread of the Covid-19.


Vanessa Nnam

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