About Us

The African Freedom of Expression Exchange (AFEX) is a continental network of some of the most prominent  freedom of expression and media rights organisations in Africa that are also members of the global free expression network, IFEX. The network is currently made up of 15 member organisations spread across West, East, Central, and Southern Africa. Some of the members operate in more than one  country in a particular region. AFEX seeks to promote freedom of expression and human rights on the continent through advocacy and campaigns, capacity building to ensure effectiveness of members and other free expression groups in the region .

The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) based in Accra, Ghana is the Secretariat of AFEX.


The African Declaration of Principles on Freedom of Expression presents an absolute and unassailable framework for AFEX’s vision, which is:

“An Africa where all peoples are free to express themselves .”


In pursuit of its vision, AFEX’s mission is:

To Promote and Defend Freedom of Expression in Africa.”


  1. African Freedom of Information Centre (AFIC)
  2. Association for Media Development in South Sudan (AMDISS)
  3. L’Association pour le Developpement Integre et la Solidarite Interactive (ADISI-Cameroun)
  4. Center for Media Studies and Peace Building (CEMESP)
  5. Collaboration on International ICT Policy in Eastern and Southern Africa (CIPESA)
  6. Freedom of Expression Institute (FXI)
  7. Gambia Press Union (GPU)
  8. Human Rights Network for Journalists in Uganda (HRNJ-U)
  9. Institute for Media and Society (IMS)
  10. International Press Centre (IPC)
  11. Journaliste en Danger (JED)
  12. Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA)
  13. Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA)
  14. Media Rights Agenda (MRA)
  15. West African Journalists Association (WAJA)