The following statement has been issued by Commonwealth Journalists Association President Rita Payne:
“The Commonwealth Journalists Association wishes to join in the messages of outrage and concern that have been expressed at the attack by bombers on the premises of This Day and other media in both Abuja and Kaduna in Nigeria on 26 April 2012.
“We deplore the loss of life and consider any bid to silence important media voices in any country to be a blow struck against the universal values of democracy and freedom of expression of which the Commonwealth is a standard bearer.
“We are particularly concerned as Nigeria is a major Commonwealth country with a dynamic and independent media, and we wish to do all we can to help combat any threat to that independence. It is a reminder that the media are in the front line of the battle to defend democracy.”
President, Commonwealth Journalists Association
Note to Editors:
For more information on the CJA’s 2012 conference in Malta and its final communique, please visit: http://commonwealthjournalists.org/events/conference-2012-in-malta/
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