The East African Regional Media Advocacy Strategy 2021-2022 was developed by the African Centre for Media Excellence in consultation with media houses, academicians, activists and journalists in Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan and Uganda.
Published with the support of the Open Society Initiative for East Africa (OSIEA), the strategy lays out actions to combat the growing threats to media freedom in East Africa. It is intended to be a basis for ACME and regional partners to advance media freedoms in the region to safeguard media freedom, media independence and media viability concerns.
This regional advocacy approach is based on the understanding that the safety and security of the media/journalists is very critical in guaranteeing the independence and professionalism of the media, which in turn works to serve as effective watchdogs and promoters of democratic principles in growing democracies in the East Africa region.
The strategy is informed by a synthesis of the threats to media freedoms in East Africa, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic, committed by both state and non-state actors. It is also informed by a review of the legal and policy regime in the individual countries.
Download the document here – Responding to press freedom and the media in times of crisis: 2021-2022 regional media freedom advocacy strategy.