Poynter has put together a useful list of organisations that are directly advocating for press freedom and fighting for the safety of journalists around the world and how you can support them. Below is a shorter list of organisations which have been fighting to protect journalism in Africa

Melissa Tsungai Zisengwe
Jun 18 · 5 min read

For the World Press Freedom Day which was on the 3rd of May 2019, the global leader in journalism education and fact-checking Poynter has published a list of organisations you can support as they fight for press freedom and the safety of journalists.

Many organisations around the world including Poynter actively work hard to protect journalists around the world and provide them with the education and tools to keep going. These organisations provide journalists in different press freedom situations with tips and tricks to disseminate information despite censorship, internet blackouts and dictatorial crackdowns and resources to deal with trauma. Many of these issues are daily issues African journalists deal with on a daily basis.

This list was originally published by Poynter

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Article 19 — “Article 19 is a British human rights organization with a specific mandate and focus on the defense and promotion of freedom of expression and freedom of information worldwide. The organization takes its name from Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.” In Africa, Article 19 works in Eastern Africa, Senegal and Western Africa.

BBC Media Action Plan — “BBC Media Action is the BBC’s international development charity. We believe in the power of media and communication to help reduce poverty and support people in understanding their rights.” In Africa, they work in: Ethiopia, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Tanzania and Zambia.

Center for International Media Development — “The Center for International Media Assistance (CIMA) is dedicated to improving U.S. efforts to promote independent media in developing countries around the world. CIMA organizes itself under four intertwined areas that are crucial to outcomes in media development: effectiveness, sustainability, innovation and funding.” In Africa CIMA works in about 50 countries.

Committee to Protect Journalists — “The Committee to Protect Journalists promotes press freedom worldwide and defends the right of journalists to report the news safely and without fear of reprisal. CPJ protects the free flow of news and commentary by taking action wherever journalists are under threat.” In Africa, the Committee to Protect Journalists works in every country and they have correspondents and/representatives in Kenya.

DW Akademie — “We help press councils, professional associations and media organizations clearly represent, and safeguard, their interests when talking to political decision-makers. DW Akademie works in 50 countries around the world.” In Africa, they work in many countries in all the regions, they advise traditional media, community radio stations and bloggers in 18 sub-Saharan African countries.

Freedom House — “Freedom House is an independent watchdog organization dedicated to the expansion of freedom and democracy around the world. We analyze the challenges to freedom, advocate for greater political rights and civil liberties, and support frontline activists to defend human rights and promote democratic change.” In Africa, Freedom House works in sub-Saharan Africa and North Africa.

Global Press Institute — “Global Press exists to create a more just and informed world by training and then employing local journalists to produce ethical, accurate news coverage from the world’s least-covered places.” In Africa, the Global Press Institute works in some southern Africa, east and western Africa including countries such as Zimbabwe, Nigeria and Kenya.

IFEX — “The IFEX network of organizations is connected by a shared commitment to defend and promote freedom of expression as a fundamental human right. IFEX advocates for the free expression rights of all, including media workers, citizen journalists, activists, artists, scholars.” In Africa, IFEX works in most African countries.

Institute for War and Peace Reporting — “IWPR supports local reporters, citizen journalists and civil society activists in three dozen countries in conflict, crisis and transition around the world. We contribute to peace and good governance by strengthening the ability of media and civil society to speak out.” In Africa, the Institute for War and Peace Reporting works in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Malawi, Mauritania, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Sudan & South Sudan, Uganda and Zimbabwe.

International Center for Journalists — “Working at the nexus of journalism and technology, ICFJ builds the expertise and storytelling skills of reporters worldwide. We foster news innovation, build strong networks of investigative reporters, and run exchange programs to deepen understanding.” In Africa, the International Center for Journalists works in sub-Saharan Africa and North Africa.

International News Safety Institute — “INSI is a member-based organization dedicated to journalists’ safety. We offer the world’s leading news organizations a vital forum for networking and information sharing via our membership portal, alerts and advisories, workshops, regional meetings and webinar discussions.” In Africa, the International News Safety Institute works in many countries in each region.

International Women’s Media Foundation — “We are the only organization that provides safety training, byline opportunities, and emergency support tailored to female journalists and photographers around the world.” In Africa, the International Women’s Media Foundation works in many countries including South Africa and Namibia.

Internews — “Internews, an international nonprofit organization, empowers people worldwide with the trustworthy, high-quality news and information they need to make informed decisions, participate in their communities, and hold power to account.” In Africa, Internews works in Sub-Saharan Africa.

IREX — “We promote vibrant information and media systems so people can make informed decisions, hold those in power accountable, and take actions to improve their lives. We work with information consumers and producers to ensure that people can engage with high-quality content through multiple channels — and freely act upon information that affects them.”In Africa, IREX works in 49 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Journalists for Human Rights — “Journalists for Human Rights (JHR) is Canada’s leading media development organization. We train journalists to report on human rights and governance issues in their communities.” In Africa, Journalists for Human Rights works in South Africa, the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan and North Africa.

Media Development Investment Fund — “MDIF provides affordable financing and technical assistance to independent news and information businesses in challenging environments, helping them to become financially sustainable. We invest in media that provide the news, information and debate that people need to build free, thriving societies.” In Africa, MDIF works in many countries including South Africa and Zimbabwe.

Panos Network — “Globally and within nations, Panos works with media and other information actors to enable developing countries to shape and communicate their own development agendas through informed public debate.” In Africa, the Panos Network works in Southern Africa and West Africa.

Reporters Without Borders — “The world’s biggest NGO specializing in the defense of media freedom, which we regard as the basic human right to be informed and to inform others.” In Africa Reporters Without Borders works in many countries.

If you would like to know more about the organisations and how you can support them, visit their websites and find out how you can add to their work.

The full article: Poynter supports world press freedom. Here’s how you can, too is available here

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Melissa Tsungai Zisengwe

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Journalist at Jamlab & Civic Tech Innovation Network- Wits Journalism School.

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The JAMLAB Newsletter is produced by Wits Journalism. The Journalism and Media Lab, Tshimologong Digitial Innovation Precinct, Johannesburg supports innovators to bring new information, new ideas and new conversations to new audiences in Africa.

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