PRESS RELEASE – UNITY FOR DEMOCRACY AND JUSTICE – Unity for Democracy and Justice
Unity for Democracy and Justice Party (UDJ), the heir to the former CUDP, (more…)
Unity for Democracy and Justice Party (UDJ), the heir to the former CUDP, wishes to announce to the local and international media community that it is officially ready to operate as a duly registered national party and to launch its programme of activities for the year 2001 (E.C). UDJ has pledged to pursue the goals, objectives and the inspiring vision of CUDP with a new spirit and greater determination.
To achieve its objectives successfully, UDJ needs the support of many sectors of the national society and international community. One of these sectors is the local government and private as well as the international media community. UDJ believes that seeing democracy take root and flourish in Ethiopia is the wish of the government, private and international media. Therefore, it hopes that in its endeavor to contribute its share to the fulfillment of this common cause, it will enjoy the support and cooperation of the media.
The purpose of this first get-together is to share views on how, through concerted efforts, we can complement each other’s contribution to the common cause and avoid communication and interaction problems experienced in the past.
In view of the fact that working together for mutual benefits and resolving communication problems through dialogue takes time, UDJ has worked out a programme of regular meetings with the media. Today’s meeting is the beginning of the continuous and regular dialogue that UDJ wishes to maintain with the media.
UDJ will contribute its share to enabling multiparty system to flourish in Ethiopia. Even though recent legislations affecting political parties, the press and civil societies threaten to further narrow the political space severely, UDJ believes strongly that if we worked diligently and with determination and patience, it is possible to widen the political space that, we believe, is deliberately being narrowed and to revive the hope of the Ethiopian people to see democracy flourish in their country. UDJ calls upon the Government to contribute its share to the fulfillment of this hope by broadening the political space in a manner that demonstrates responsible leadership.
UDJ wishes to see the media as a true mirror through which it looks at itself and as a cause for continuously correcting and improving itself. It is ready to learn from your insightful editorials and reportings and to be your steady partner in your endeavors to bring reliable information to the people.