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Published On: Sat, Feb 3rd, 2024

CAF Addresses “unprofessional” Behavior of Journalists at AFCON

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) addresses what it calls the increasing of “unprofessional” conduct of journalists covering the total energies at the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) 2023.

On Friday 2nd February 2023 they met with the local organizing committee and police to find workable solutions as well as raised its concerns with several organizations representing journalists at the tournament.

The CAF stated that any media representative who is involved in a fight in media areas or physical scuffle will also have their accreditation revoked, adding that any media practitioner who is involved in wild celebrations and abuses other media colleagues will be immediately removed by security and his/her accreditation will be withdrawn.

CAF further stated that live streaming from the mixed zone is prohibited, as well as filming in the media tribune, vulgar language toward coaches or players will not be tolerated.

Ghanaian journalists were involved in a standoff with the Ghana team after its group-stage exit when it became clear that the players were avoiding the customary post-game mixed zone, the players were escorted to the team bus amid increased security.

On Wednesday, the International Sports Press Association condemned journalists’ “deplorable” behavior at this edition of the Africa Cup of Nations.

The association said “Between pitched battles, attacks, invectives, it is a distressing spectacle that certain colleagues have been delivering to the world since the start of CAN 2023,” referring to the Africa Cup by its French acronym”.

Many accredited reporters covering the tournament have been wearing their national team jerseys and vocally supporting their teams during games, loudly celebrating any goals or victories, an Ivorian with press credentials was filmed dancing shirtless after the team’s win on penalties over Senegal.

There have also been frequent arguments among media scrambling for buses at the tournament, while there were also altercations between Guinean and Senegalese journalists before their nations’ group game, and between Moroccan media and South African representatives during their teams’ match on Tuesday.

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