FEDERATION OF AFRICAN JOURNALISTS
11 SEPTEMBER 2014
The Federation of African Journalists (FAJ) and the West Africa Journalists Association (WAJA) have today called on the International and African media to exercise a balanced and proper coverage of the outbreak of Ebola virus disease in West Africa.
The West African Journalists Association (WAJA) has today extended its condolences and solidarity with the governments and peoples in the sub-region affected by the Ebola outbreak, and calls on the media to double its support in fighting back the virus. WAJA says the media is under social and ethical obligation to serve the greater good of humanity in these critical times of heightened fear of death caused by the rapid spread of the disease in the region.
Journalists have a significant role to play in the HIV and AIDS epidemic, by informing the public and holding governments to account. This guide is designed to assist journalists and other media workers to continue their informed and considered coverage of HIV and AIDS and related issues.
At its most basic level, the HIV/AIDS challenge
for media is simple: people around the world are contracting HIV and dying
of AIDS in massive numbers and the spread of the disease could be substantially
curtailed if more people had accurate information about how HIV is contracted.