Sub-Saharan Africa

Protecting human rights and media freedom in Sub-Saharan Africa

Anki Wood

Regional Manager Africa

Jean Mujati

Programme Manager CHARM

Johanna Ejderstedt

Programme Coordinator Kenya, CHARM, Ethiopia and Zimbabwe

Civil Rights Defenders
Defend Defenders
Hub Afrique
Wits Journalism
Sustainable Development Goals in this project
SDG16 - Peace, justice and strong institutions
SDG17 - Partnerships for the goals
Human rights

Sub-Saharan Africa is home to some of the world’s most restricted civic space conditions, where people are denied their rights to organise to fight for a common goal and take part in democratic dissent.

The region is known for its authoritarian leaders who impose a combination of legal and practical constraints on the full enjoyment of fundamental rights. The most common civic space restrictions in the past years have been marked with excessive use of force by security forces against protesters, attacks on journalists, disruption of protests and censorship. A free and vibrant media and civil society are key agents of democracy and therefore often the first to be restricted.

What we do

Fojo Media Institute has teamed up with other civil society and media support organisations to protect democratic space and build resilience for civil society, human rights defenders and independent media in this volatile region.

Through this project Fojo Media Institute has developed close cooperation with Wits Journalism, one of the leading media education centres in Africa, as well as with Africa Check, African Women in Media (AWiM), Magamba Network, Transparency International Kenya and Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN).

Together we engage in various activities to promote free, independent and professional journalism in sub-Saharan Africa.