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Covid-19 response in Africa: Together for reliable information

 

Marvin Halleraker (Norvège / Norway)

Cartooning for Peace is pleased to take part in this project contributing to the strengthening of access to information and the promotion of freedom of expression in Africa.

Health crises such as the ones we are experiencing reinforce the need for reliable information. However, the confusion caused by the Covid-19 crisis has led to the spread of false information or systematic misinformation. The role of the journalist is therefore central to meeting our need for information. Circumstances have exacerbated the difficulties of the profession of journalist and generated a lack of resources, opportunities or a reinforcement of repression against them which affect the profession in Africa.

Funded by the European Union, the 18-month project will be implemented by Free Press Unlimited, Article 19, Reporters Without Borders (RSF), Fondation Hirondelle, Deutsche Welle and International Media Support (IMS), in collaboration with UNESCO. It aims to provide an effective response to the Covid-19 crisis in Sub-Saharan Africa by supporting the media in 17 countries in the region to continue to provide reliable and critical information to their audiences.

It consists of three objectives:

1. To financially support local media actors to enable them to fulfill their role as informers ;

2. Fostering the sharing of good practices between media organizations and journalists and capacity building ;

3. Ensure effective advocacy to safeguard the right to freedom of expression and information by following up on alerts and formulating concrete policy recommendations.

More information and resources on the different objectives of the project are available on the dedicated website.

Cartooning for Peace contributes to the program’s objective 3 as a privileged partner of RSF and Article 19 in order to identify violations of freedom of expression against cartoonists on the continent and to relay them on the dedicated observatory.

The association will also participate in advocacy and campaigning efforts with its partners and will highlight its members at dedicated events. The project, launched on the occasion of the International Day for Universal Access to Information, already enjoys a high profile.


Press review:

– Debates of “Le Monde Afrique” with Anaud Froger, Africa Manager at RSF, Lassane Zohoré of Cartooning for Peace, and Chiara Adamo, Head of Unit at the European Commission’s DG DEVCO (watch here).

– Cartooning for Peace is already mobilized in the realization of the project, which was presented on the occasion of the broadcast “Une semaine dans le monde” on France 24 (watch here).