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Title:Preserving and protecting press freedom - insights from the archive of the Commonwealth Journalists' Association
Author:Clover, David
Periodical:African Research and Documentation (ISSN 0305-862X)
Geographic terms:Africa
Great Britain
freedom of the press
Abstract:In 2003, the archives of the Commonwealth Journalists' Association (CJA), from its beginning in 1978 to 2003, were donated to the Institute of Commonwealth Studies Library, which was later incorporated within the Senate House Library of the University of London. This article provides examples of how the CJA collection reveals stories about the preservation and protection of press freedom in African countries in the 1980s and early 1990s, a time of civil and political upheaval, a time also of movement towards increased democracy. The article discusses 1. the nature of the CJA collection, and 2. narratives about press freedoms and responsibilities in parts of Africa as disclosed by the collection. The archives cover details of the history and funding of the CJA, minutes of meetings, correspondence files, and material relating to conferences and training and bursaries. They also include documents relating to the branches in Nigeria, India (Delhi) and Canada, and to press violations in Commonwealth countries across Africa, Asia and the Caribbean. Concentrating on Zambia, Tanzania, Ghana and Nigeria, the author shows what materials such as the files on training courses can reveal about journalism in the 1980s and early 1990s. The author concludes with some suggestions for research for which the CJA archives would be an important source. Bibliogr. [ASC Leiden abstract]