West African Journalists Association (WAJA)

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West African Journalists Association (WAJA)
17, Boulevard de la République
Dakar, Sénégal

Tél: (221) 842 01 41
Fax: (221) 842 02 69
Contact: Mr. Ibrahim Famakan Coulibaly, President

Email: wajaujao@yahoo.fr
Site web: http://www.ujaowaja.org

Description

The West African Journalists Association (WAJA) was established in 1986, in Dakar, Senegal as the umbrella association for journalists associations and unions in 16 countries that make up the Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS). The aims and objectives of WAJA are to promote and defend press freedom, to work towards the consolidation of freedom of expression and human rights, and to develop and promote bonds of solidarity between journalists in West Africa and the international community of journalists.

WAJA also aims to ensure high journalistic standards and encourages journalists to adhere to professional codes of ethics, to preserve the public right to have honest and accurate information, to work for the liberalization of the media landscape and promote access to public information. To meet the challenges of promoting freedom of expression in West Africa, WAJA has encouraged its member unions to strengthen themselves in order to promote greater solidarity in the promotion of press freedom in the region.

To enable WAJA to achieve its goals, emphasis is being placed on institution building to ensure that both national unions and the regional body live up to the challenges of promoting freedom of expression in the region and the world at large.

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