The African Freedom of Expression Exchange (AFEX) has ended its Strategy Meeting and 2nd General Meeting in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, on Sunday, October 4, 2015, with a resolution to prioritise capacity building in digital security and digital rights campaigns for its members.
As part of the review the 2016-2017 priorities of the AFEX Strategic Plan, the organization also decided to further broaden its membership to include members from North Africa.
The AFEX meeting was also a preparatory round-table ahead of the 18th General Meeting and Strategy Conference of the International Freedom of Expression Exchange, IFEX.
Present at the AFEX meeting were leaders and officials from Africa Freedom of Expression Information Centre (AFIC), Center for Media Studies and Peacebuilding (CEMESP), Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), Human Rights Network for Journalists-Uganda (HRNJ-Uganda), Media Rights Agenda (MRA), Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) and National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ).
Meanwhile, the Chairperson of the African Freedom of Expression Exchange (AFEX) and Regional Director of the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA), Zoe Titus, commended the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) for hosting the organisation’s secretariat and for effectively steering the network through its first year of operations.
AFEX was formed nearly two years ago when representatives of freedom of expression organisations in Africa that are members of the Toronto-based global network IFEX, met in Accra, Ghana on December 9 and 10, 2013, to establish the organization as a framework for regional networking in Africa.
The MFWA, which has its headquarters in Accra, has since hosted the AFEX secretariat.
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