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Commonwealth Journalists' Association

February 3, 2012 – St. Julians, Malta

“At its triennal conference held in Malta (January 29 to February 2, 2012) the Commonwealth Journalists Association unanimously condemned instances of state repression against media reported out of Pakistan, Sri Lanka and some African member states of the Commonwealth. It also adopted the WAN-IFRA Table Mountain Declaration (2007) against curtailment of media rights.

Regarding the proposed next CHOGM in Sri Lanka (2013), the CJA raised in particular concerns about the issues of press freedom in Sri Lanka and the monitoring of human rights.

The CJA further asked Commonwealth member states and associated civil society bodies to renew and strengthen the organisation, so that it becomes a more meaningful global player in the 21st century, as broadly outlined in the Eminent Persons Group report (2011).”

For more information please contact CJA President Rita Payne at