Monday, May 20, 2024

Our Network

The African Freedom of Expression Exchange (AFEX) is a continental network made up of some of the most influential media rights and freedom of expression organisations across the West, East, Central and Southern Africa regions. Since its establishment in December 2013, AFEX, through its advocacy continues to promote free speech (offline and online) and human rights on the continent. The AFEX network is currently made up of 14 member orgainsations that are all members of the Toronto-based global free expression network, IFEX. While some of the AFEX members work in specific countires, others work across the sub-regional blocs.

Who Can Join the AFEX Network?

AFEX membership is opened to any African-founded and African-based free expression, media rights or human rights organisations. However, an organisation that wishes to be part of this prominent network will first have to be a member, or have the potential to become a member of IFEX. For non-IFEX members that express interest in becoming members, AFEX often collaborates and assists them to obtain membership into IFEX.

Read more about AFEX and its activities on our website: It is accessible in both English and French. You can also join us on social media using the following handles:

Facebook: African Freedom of Expression Exchange (AFEX)
Twitter: @AFEXafrica

Our members

Africa Freedom of Information Centre (AFIC)

A pan-African NGO and resource centre that promotes the right of access to information through comparative research, coordinating regional advocacy, facilitating information-sharing and capacity building.

Association pour le Développement Intégré et la Solidarité Interactive (ADISI-Cameroun)

L’Association pour le Développement Intégré et la Solidarité Interactive (ADISI-Cameroun) est une organisation de droit camerounais qui a vu le jour en 2010 et dont le siège est basé à Douala, Rond-point salle des fêtes Akwa. Le secrétariat exécutif est chapeauté par un Conseil d’Administration de 9 personnes réunissant toutes les sensibilités liées à ses axes stratégiques.


Association for Media Development in South Sudan (AMDISS)

Center for Media Studies and Peacebuilding (CEMESP)

The Center for Media Studies and Peace building (CEMESP) is one of Liberia’s leading media development organizations. The Center was legally established on October 24, 2003 in response to the challenges confronting professional media practice and free speech as a result of years of conflict in Liberia and the ongoing peace processes.

Collaboration on International ICT Policy in Eastern and Southern Africa (CIPESA)

The Collaboration on International ICT Policy in Eastern and Southern Africa (CIPESA) was established in 2004 under the Catalysing Access to Information and Communications Technology in Africa (CATIA) initiative, which was mainly funded by the UK’s Department for International Development (DfID).

Freedom of Expression Institute in South Africa

The Freedom of Expression Institute (FXI) was formed in 1994 to defend freedom of expression, to oppose censorship, to promote access to information and knowledge, and to promote media diversity.

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Gambia Press Union

Founded in 1979, the Gambia Press Union (GPU) is the umbrella trade union and professional organisation for media practitioners in The Gambia. The GPU works in the areas of welfare of media professionals, media development, freedom of expression and access to information.

Human Rights Network of Journalists- Uganda (HRNJ-U)

Human Rights Network for Journalists-Uganda (HRNJ-Uganda) is a network of human rights journalists in Uganda working towards enhancing the promotion, protection, and respect of human rights through defending and building the capacities of journalists.

Institute for Media and Society (IMS)

The Institute for Media and Society is an independent, non-governmental organization based in Nigeria. The institute was established in April 2000 but incorporated by the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) in June 2004.

International Press Centre (IPC)

The International Press Centre – lPC, Lagos Nigeria is officially registered, through trusteeship, as a not-for-profit, non-governmental and independent media resource centre. Though based in south western Nigeria its activities extend to the rest of the country and the West African sub-region.

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Journaliste en Danger (JED)

Journaliste en Danger (JED) est une organisation indépendante et non partisane de promotion et défense de la liberté de presse crée en 1998. JED est membre de IFEX (International Freedom of Expression Exchange), le plus grand réseau mondial des défenseurs de la liberté d'expression basé à Toronto (Canada).

Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA)

The MFWA is a regional independent non-governmental organisation with a network of national partner organisations in all 16 countries in West Africa. It is the biggest and most influential media development and freedom of expression organisation in the region with UN ECOSOC (Economic and Social Council) Consultative Status.

Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA)

MISA has positioned itself as the primary advocate for media freedom and freedom of expression in southern Africa. MISA programmes have grown and now have a global outreach especially through the media violations monitoring programme.

Media Rights Agenda (MRA)

MRA is registered in Nigeria and has Observer Status with the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights.