Journalism Under Digital Siege: World Press Freedom Day 2022

World Press Freedom Day is annually celebrated worldwide on 3 May. The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed it in December 1993.

The main objective of World Press Freedom Day, according to UNESCO, is to raise awareness of the importance of press freedom and to remind the governments of all nations that their responsibility is to respect the right to freedom of expression. There is also a special prize awarded during this day. People pay tribute and acknowledge the media professionals who risked their lives while pursuing a story.

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Press Communiqué: Retraction request to L’express

17 September 2018

Mr Nad Sivaramen
Director of Publications
La Sentinelle

Dear Mr Sivaramen,

I write to you concerning the article published in L’express on 13 September 2018, Continue reading “Press Communiqué: Retraction request to L’express”

The Efua Dorkenoo Pan African Award for Reportage on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

Win a Month of training at the Guardian in London

UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, and The Guardian are launching the Efua Dorkenoo Pan African Award for Reportage on FGM for journalists reporting on FGM across Africa. The award is intended to increase media awareness and engagement on FGM within community, national and regional media outlets and recognize and encourage outstanding efforts of journalists throughout Africa.


All articles and reports could be either of investigative or human-interest types; produced in Arabic, English or French; and should be printed or broadcast in Africa between 1 January and 31 December 2015. If the article or report was originally published in a local language, please provide a translated version of the article in Arabic, English or French.

To be eligible for the competition, the candidate must be:

  • A professional journalist working in or for print press (daily, weekly, monthly), radio or TV in Africa or a freelancer with proof of publication of commissioned material. Contest will be limited to journalists working for Africa-based news outlets
  • A national of an African country

Candidates can submit one of the following:

  • Print story, not exceeding 2,000 words
  • Radio report, from 4 to 15 minutes
  • TV report, from 4 to 15 minutes

Entries will be judged based on:

  • Compliance with above eligibility, topic and format conditions
  • Originality/creativity
  • Quality and relevance of data
  • Writing/reporting style
  • Respect for ethical guidelines


Submissions are to be judged by a panel of representatives from UNFPA, The Guardian, African media organizations and regional non-governmental organizations.

One finalist will be chosen from each of the three categories, and one overall winner will be chosen from among the three. The three names will be announced on 6 February 2016, International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM.

The overall winner will receive one month of training at the FGM Multimedia and Investigations Unit at The Guardian in London. All trip and living costs will be covered by the organizers.
Judges’ decisions on all matters are final and no correspondences will be entertained.
UNFPA/The Guardian reserve the right to change any terms and conditions of the contest without prior notice.

  • Submit your entry via email at Use “Pan African Award for FGM Reportage” as the subject header.
  • Include, in English, the following information: Full name, gender, nationality, date of birth, profession, employer (media outlet), country of work, e-mail address and phone number.
  • Provide a web link/print screen/scan/photocopy of the media piece featuring your name as a proof it was published/broadcast in print/online/TV in one of the African media between 1 January and 31 December 2015.
Enter by 4 January 2016 final deadline

For more information, click here.

Internship For Mauritian Journalism & Social Work Students

We are looking for smart and motivated interns in Mauritius that are interested in a career in journalism/media/communication and social work.

They must have strong organisational skills, drive, and can fulfil their commitments. We need two interns that can work five days a week – Monday and Friday. This is an unpaid internship, but an incredible opportunity for exposure into the NGO world is guaranteed. We will provide transport allowance.

General tasks for the Journalism Intern

  • interviewing people in a range of different circumstances;
  • building contacts to maintain a flow of news, for example, police and emergency services, local council, community groups, health trusts, press officers from a variety of organisations, the general public, etc;
  • attending press conferences and asking questions;
  • attending a variety of events, such as YUVA meetings, football matches, talent contests, etc;
  • working closely with the social media team and photographers;
  • recording interviews and meetings using shorthand or technical equipment;
  • producing concise and accurate copy according to YUVA’s style and to strict deadlines;
  • writing short ‘fillers’ to entertain, and researching and writing longer feature articles, sometimes for subsidiary publications and supplements;
  • creating and uploading news content for the NGO website;
  • ‘live’ online reporting or real-time blogging when covering important events – a growing area of work, especially on NGOs.

General tasks for the Social Work Intern

  • conducting interviews with service users and their families to assess and review their situation;
  • undertaking and writing up assessments (sometimes in collaboration with other professionals), which meet specified standards and timescales;
  • offering information and support to service users and their families;
  • organising and managing packages of support to enable service users to lead the fullest lives possible;
  • recommending and sometimes making decisions about the best course of action for a particular service user;
  • liaising with, and making referrals to, other agencies;
  • participating in multidisciplinary teams and meetings regarding, for example, child protection or mental health;
  • maintaining accurate records and preparing reports for legal action;
  • giving evidence in court;
  • participating in training, supervision and team meetings.

To apply, please e-mail your resume to, include subject “Internship: Journalism & Social Work”

In order to apply, you need to provide us with your updated CV and your course requirements in terms of the placement. If your placement is part of your course or studies,  we need a letter from your educational institution with regard to your application. In addition we need the contact details of two references (not relatives or friends), for instance your University lecturer, employer, mentor, or priest/minister.  Please indicate that you give us permission to contact the persons to ask for a reference.

You can not apply when you are dependent on a forbidden substance or alcohol.  Interns who arrive at work under the influence of any substance/alcohol (in the judgement of the organisation) will be dismissed with immediate effect. People with previous convictions for any type of child abuse may not apply.