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Union of Journalists for African Free Press (UJPLA) urges safety of journalists covering Niger conflict

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Union of Journalists for African Free Press (UJPLA) urges safety of journalists covering Niger conflict
A Group of Journalists

The Union of Journalists for African Free Press (UJPLA) has issued a statement calling on all parties involved in the conflicts in to ensure the safety of journalists reporting on the insurrection.

The statement, signed by UJPLA President Mr YAO Noël, expressed concerns about the well-being of journalists in the midst of the conflict.

“UJPLA calls on all parties to do everything possible to guarantee the freedom of movement and safety of all men and women working in the media in or covering the conflict therein,” Mr Noël emphasized in the statement.

The UJPLA statement highlighted the apprehension that some journalists are currently under surveillance and closely monitored by military authorities, raising worries about potential threats and coercion they might face. The organization condemned any actions that hinder, endanger, or attempt to silence the work of reporters in Niger.

Mr. Noël conveyed the UJPLA's unwavering support to journalists and the wider media community in Niger. He also praised the efforts of civil institutions that have established mechanisms to track and document possible violations of reporters' rights.

The UJPLA president urged all journalists currently operating in Niger to continue their professional duties with a focus on safety and responsibility. He urged them to exercise their journalistic endeavours in a secure and professional manner.

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