World Press Freedom Day 2016

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The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) has offered for publication or broadcasting, a portfolio of more than 40 articles and video content on free media, free expression and access to information in sub-Saharan Africa.

The articles are written by journalists and media experts from West, East and Southern Africa. MISA has made them in order to celebrate the 25th anniversary of UNESCO’s 1991 Windhoek Declaration on an Independent and Pluralistic African Press. The UN proclaimed the date of adoption of this ground-breaking Declaration, May 3, as World Press Freedom Day (WPFD).

The articles, accompanying pictures and short video messages can be accessed here for immediate use. They have been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) licence.

African Free Press publication by Media Institute of Southern Africa is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. Based on a work at whk25.misa.org.

The Regional Director of MISA, Ms. Zoe Titus, said from the organisation’s regional headquarters in Windhoek, Namibia: “MISA decided in consultation with a range of other African media freedom NGOs and experts to publish a special newspaper with broad popular appeal to general readers on WPFD this year, under the title of the African Free Press.

“We will distribute the newspaper on May 3 at various WPFD events across Africa in partnership with other media freedom organisations, but are also making the articles and audio-visual content accessible online on MISA’s website.

“In this way we hope to extend their reach as a public information service to citizens in Africa and to provide African media with a range of stimulating content from which to choose. However, any media, NGOs and other organisations in the world are also free to make use of any of this content and are not restricted to publishing these only on WPFD 2016.”

The two co-editors of the African Free Press are Jeanette Minnie and Hendrik Bussiek – both experts on media freedom challenges in sub-Saharan Africa.

The project was supported by DW Akademie (Germany’s leading organisation for international media development), the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), fesmedia Africa – the Africa media project of (Germany’s) Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) and the Namibia Media Trust through The Namibian newspaper and WordPress Namibia.