African Centre for Media Excellence

“The African Centre for Media Excellence is a Kampala-based independent, non-profit professional organisation that is committed to excellence in journalism and mass communication in Africa.

ACME’s main goal is to make the media a more effective platform for the provision of information on public affairs, a tool for monitoring official power, and a forum for vibrant public debate.”

The site contains both research and publications as well as online resources for journalists on issues related to freedom of expression, human rights, regional affairs and more. The organisation also offers training opportunities for journalists in Africa.

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

CIPESA is a leading centre for research and analysis for policymakers and various stakeholders in Africa on the use of ICT to improve livelihoods. They produce work and guidance on the internet and freedom of the media in the digital age, promote online freedoms in Africa, and each year they produce the ‘State of Internet Freedom in Africa’ report.

The 2018 report can be found here: https://cipesa.org/?wpfb_dl=278 as well as on the Research section of the Portal.

ARTICLE 19

Article 19 is a non-governmental organisation working to secure the right to freedom of expression and right to access information for everyone. Each year they produce a report on the status of freedom of expression globally.

Freedom House

Freedom House is an independent watchdog organization dedicated to the expansion of freedom and democracy around the world. They analyze the challenges to freedom, advocate for greater political rights and civil liberties, and support frontline activists to defend human rights and promote democratic change. Each year they release the Freedom in the World report which maps civil and political rights in all countries across the world. In addition, they issue yearly reports on Freedom in the Press and Freedom on the Net reporting on media independence and internet freedom around the world respectively.

More information on the three annual reports can be found here (English only):

Freedom in the World

Freedom in the Press

Freedom on the Net