Monday, 17 June

AMC: Prioritise advocacy on climate change – Chief of Staff to Journalists

General News
Frema Osei-Opare

Media practitioners in Africa have been urged to prioritize advocacy on climate change and other environmental crises to support efforts to mitigate their impacts.

Akosua Frema Osei-Opare, Chief of Staff, Office of the President, emphasized that the adverse effects of climate change necessitate that the media take up its responsibility of informing Africans about the harmful impacts of human activities and the need to protect the environment.

Speaking at the African Media Convention (AMC) in Accra, she highlighted the critical role of the media in influencing public opinion on environmental issues, which could significantly aid in combating climate change and other environmental challenges.

“We as Africans and the media in particular have a special duty to reflect on the exercise of journalism and freedom of expression amid the global environmental crisis. 

“It is noteworthy that climate change denials have become increasingly untenable in the face of escalating environmental catastrophes occasioned by human activities,” she said.

The AMC is an annual event supported by African media stakeholders, aimed at reflecting on the fundamental role of journalism on the continent, celebrating the principles of press freedom, and discussing measures to safeguard media freedoms, promote access to information, and ensure the safety and viability of journalists in AU Member States.

This year’s theme is, “Enhancing Freedom, Innovation, and Environmental Sustainability in a Dynamic Media Landscape.”