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Senegal: Journalists Denounce Precariousness

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As part of the World Press Freedom Day, the Senegalese press yesterday, May 3 walked from the Obelisk Square to the Rts roundabout.During the march, they denounced the precariousness noted in their community and demand better working conditions.

It was on the occasion of World Press Day. Speaking at the end of the march, Bacary Domingo Mané of SYNPICS said that those who boast of not counting journalists in prison have not understood anything. He maintained: “The press is threatened in this country and there is no worse prison than precariousness.

This precariousness is such as to deprive the individual of his dignity,” he informed.  In front of many journalists and politicians who took part in the march, MrMané continued that most newspaper companies do not pay wages at the end of the month. Worse, their employees have no guarantee of their post-retirement lives.

Although for some, the contributions are cut at the source, no payment is made at the level of Ipres. This money is deducted at the level of the pay slip and never returned. Thus, he points out to the State of Senegal as the real responsible for this crisis, in particular with the partisan granting of advertisements and frequencies. “Advertising is given no matter how,” he denounced.

He therefore advocated a more equitable distribution of advertising in order to prevent some organs from being forced to close down. As for the granting of frequencies, he sees an equation of several unknowns with the control of ethnic groups, politicians

Continuing his speech, Bacary Domingo Mané was offended because of the unclear status of the journalist in Senegal, before launching an appeal for the press code. “The objective is to have a free, high-quality press,” said Mr. Mané, according to whom this country is a country of paradoxes.

“To manage the Press House, the government parachutes us a politician, while in all the countries of the world, it is the actors who are changed,” said Mané. However, politicians, press leaders, among others, took part in this march. Not without counting the numerous journalists who had banners on which they wish an effective freedom of the press.

Pape AléNiang also regretted the still very late vote of the press code. “Each President who comes promises us without applying anything! Why does the Assembly not want to vote on this press code? This question deserves answer, “said the 2stv reporter.

Source :  Dakar Matin