This fifteen months’ project and funded by the Global Media Defense Fund (GMDF) managed by the UNESCO, will aim to strengthen the legal protection of press cartoonists and will contribute to a better free, pluralistic and qualitative information environment for citizens.
This global project is designed for worldwide press cartoonists. Its work provides information, capacity building, access to legal protection and advocacy to press cartoonists.
In the framework of this project, Cartooning for Peace will pursue a closed monitoring of the threats targeting press cartoonists and will support them with their long-standing partners in their legal proceedings. In partnership with Media Defense and others, Cartooning for Peace will managed information sessions on legal mechanisms applying to press cartoons and freedom of expression.
These information sessions will result in the creation of practical tools that will enable cartoonists to orient themselves and address the organisations most likely to meet their needs.
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.
– 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).