The Backstory: Season 4 of a media freedom podcast from WAN-IFRA

Season 4, Episode 1: Press freedom in Africa, 30 years after Windhoek

It’s been 30 years since the Windhoek Declaration for the Development of a Free, Independent and Pluralistic Press was born on May 3, 1991 in Namibia, to support independent media in Africa. The declaration was not only a proud moment for African journalism but inspired the United Nations to launch World Press Freedom Day two years later.

Though some countries across the African continent have made press freedom gains since then, many continue to struggle with journalist safety, independence and financial pressures. In this episode, we look at the press freedom challenges facing African media and what steps are being taken towards improvement.

Featured in this episode:

Angela Quintal: Director of the Africa program, Committee to Protect Journalists

Gwen Lister: Founder, The Namibian

Churchill Otieno: Head of Development & Learning, The Nation; President, Kenya Editors Guild

Joan Chirwa: Founder, The Free Press Initiative, Zambia

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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, to effectively exercise their constitutional rights and fundamental freedoms for collective campaigning through the media.

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