FAJ Recognizes the Legitimate NUSOJ Leadership and Condemns Elements within IFJ leadership for Promoting anti-Africa Agenda – Communiqué

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    FAJ Recognizes the Legitimate NUSOJ Leadership and Condemns Elements within IFJ leadership for Promoting anti-Africa Agenda – Communiqué

    The Steering Committee of the Federation of African Journalists, FAJ, meeting in Abidjan December 7 – 10, 2016 resolved as follows;

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The Steering Committee of the Federation of African Journalists, FAJ, meeting in Abidjan December 7 – 10, 2016 resolved as follows;

That while noting and welcoming the commendable efforts being pursued by the International Trade Union Confederation Africa Regional Office, the legitimately elected FAJ leadership issued the following Communiqué.

1.That the FAJ and its affiliated members have noted with dismay the blatant selective application of entitlements, benefits and rules administered by some leaders of the International Federation of Journalists, which has had a continuous adverse effects of dividing the African continent for selfish and sectarian interests.

2.That the current legitimate and elected leadership of FAJ led by MrAbdulwaheedOdusile is dismayed by the continued efforts by someelements within the leadership of the IFJ, who continue to sponsor divisions and confusion on issues pertaining to trade union development, safety and welfare of journalists on the African Continent to the detriment of journalists and benefit of repressive regimes whom they have befriended and are supping with.

3.That some elements within the IFJ leadership, that failed to install their puppets to lead the FAJ after being defeated democratically, have instead of developing journalism on the African continent resorted to the destruction of trade union development and journalism in Africa. The same elements have while pursuing an anti-Africa agenda not destroyed unions from their own regions outside Africa.

4.That some elements within the IFJ leadership want to give legitimacy or recognition to a few individuals who deliberately refused to attend the Constitutionally convened Abuja Congress for fear of losing the elections

5.That the anti-Africa agenda being pursued by a few elements within the IFJ leadership should not only be condemned and exposed but should also be rejected as a colonial, racist and imperialist agenda that is not in line with the spirit of trade union development and workers solidarity.

6.To condemn and reject the decision by the IFJ leadership to bar the IFJ Africa Office from interacting with the elected FAJ leadership as and, anti-Africa decision designed to further undermine, sabotage, weaken and alienate the democratically elected FAJ leadership to the detriment of the safety of African journalists. That the decision to alienate African journalists plays into the hands of repressive organizations, governments and enemies ofPress Freedom.

7.Calls on the IFJ President to engage the elected leadership of African journaliststo find solution for keeping Africanissues on the agenda beyond the ongoing interventions.

8.Acknowledge the solidarity and continuing support received from continental and global organizations who value the dignity of African journalists and lives.

9.Strongly condemn known efforts by some members of IFJ leadership who are sponsoringreligious and ethnic conflicts among African journalists to advance their own selfish interests

10. We hereby suspend the following individuals from FAJ for deliberately, and continuously acting as, and personally being agents of divisions and pursuing sectarian interests; John Oprong (Uganda Media Union) YounisMjahed (Morocco Syndicate) StanisNkundiye (Congo DRC), Omar Faruk Osman (Somalia), KadiatouDiallo (Guine’e) and MamadouCande (Guine’e Bissau).

11. The suspended people will be invited to defend themselves before a FAJ disciplinary committee.

12. Resolved to work with legitimate elected leadership of Somali journalists as led by Mr Mohammed Ibrahim.

13. Admitted into the FAJ family, Union of Journalists of South Sudan, UJOSS,and Botswana Media Workers Union, BOMEWU.

14. Further calls onIFJ to conduct an independent audit of African Unions as some members of IFJ leadership are conniving with non-journalists and people who masquerade as unionists to undermine African journalists and trade union development.

15. Reiterate the point that some members of the IFJ leadership have chosen to sponsor conflict and sectarian interests while genuine African journalists suffer lack of safety as a consequence.

16. Ends

Abdulwaheed Odusile

President




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