A Statement on the Organization of FIFA World Cup
A Statement on the Organization of FIFA World Cup.
We, the leaders of unions and associations of journalists from Djibouti, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda, affiliated with the Federation of African Journalists (FAJ) and the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), are the attendants of East African Journalists Summit in Nairobi, Kenya, from 28 to 29 June 2021. It was entitled “Standing Together for Freedom of the press and Better Working Conditions”:
Expressing shock and disapproval of the deliberate contacts by the UAE with journalist unions in Africa. Especially in East Africa, to challenge and denigrate the organization of 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
Marking that while the journalists in East Africa struggle to maintain their independence and freedom from the interests of rogue governments that threaten their probity. Thus, there must be an external actor behind the attempts to manipulate journalists. And involve them in an issue completely outside the scope of journalists and their unions.
Stressing that in the same way that the journalists and their unions in East Africa confront and protest against their governments for interfering in the work of journalists and limiting their freedom, we must condemn and publicly challenge all foreign powers with a negative and false agenda as a matter of principle and consistency.
- Reaffirming the Accra Resolution of the African Journalists’ Leaders Conference for the Federation of African Journalists (FAJ). It condemned the UAE’s attempts to drag the African journalists into unethical conflicts about hosting the FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
- Moreover, conforming with the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) and the International Labor Organization position on labor issues in Qatar.
- Warning and calling for all journalists and news media organizations in East Africa. To be cautious of the increasing activities of external actors in East Africa and Africa as a whole. They aim to corrupt and exploit journalists and news media organizations to spread paid news against the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
- Rejecting the initiatives of foreign sympathizers with the UAE campaign against the 2022 FIFA World Cup. It disguises itself as well-intentioned intruders, aiming to drag journalists into some unprincipled actions.
- Furthermore, informing and working fellow journalists and their organizations in West Africa. South Africa. North Africa, and Central Africa about this questionable interference. Standing together to protect the independence and probity of journalists in Africa.
- In addition, calling on the Council of East and Central African Football Associations (CECAFA). The Confederation of African Football (CAF), and the FIFA to closely monitor and take serious actions to prevent the ongoing attempts of manipulating journalists in East Africa to disgrace the 2022 FIFA World Cup
- Also, urging the CECAFA. CAF, and FIFA to ensure comprehensive, independent, and professional coverage of. 2022 FIFA World Cup by journalists from East Africa.
See also: A new UAE attempt at sportswashing