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AFEX and IPI to host side event at 77th Session of ACHPR

The African Freedom of Expression Exchange and the International Press Institute will on October 19, host a side event at the 77th Session of the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights (ACHPR).

The event, titled “Addressing online threats towards female journalists in Africa: Gaps and opportunities” will bring together seasoned journalists and activists to discuss threats against female journalist and how to support and protect female journalists in the face of online attacks.

Online attacks and smear campaigns targeting journalists, in particular female journalists,  in retaliation for their journalistic work, represent a growing threat to safety as well as the credibility and trust that independent media enjoys. These online threats not only generate self-censorship among journalists who are targeted but can also result in physical harm.

In recognition of the recently commemorated International Day for Universal Access to Information under the theme “the importance of online spaces for access to information” this side event will unpack online attacks that limit female journalists from doing their jobs and providing information to the public.

This meeting will bring together civil society and media organizations at the sidelines of the NGO Forum ahead of the ACHPR session to reflect on and strengthen approaches towards the online safety of female journalists.


● Obioma Okonkwo, Head of Legal Department, Media Rights Agenda

● Rebekah Awuah, Senior Reporter, The Fourth Estate project, Media Foundation for West Africa

● Gilbert Sendungwa, Executive Director, Africa Freedom of Information Centre

● Jane Godia, Director for Africa, World Association of News Publishers (WAN-IFRA)

Moderator:  Nompilo Simanje, Africa Advocacy and Partnerships Lead, International Press Institute


For further information, kindly contact, Nompilo Simanje, [email protected].

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