We value strategic alliances and partnerships in promoting the right to free expression and participatory governance in West Africa. The MFWA, therefore, works closely with national partner organisations in all the 16 countries in the region. Our national partners are the most prominent and influential, free expression and press freedom advocacy organisations in the respective countries. We work collaboratively through information sharing, mutual organisational capacity development and targeted collaborative advocacy. You can learn more about our respective national partners below.
Reguijoc (Reseau Guinéen des journalistes contre la corruption et pour la promotion de la bonne gouvernance) is a network of some one hundred journalists from the public and private media. Its mission is to build the capacity of journalists in respect of information gathering, access to information and the rule of law.
RPM is an association of media professionals in Mauritania created in 2005. It is currently made up of 32 media organisations ranging from newspapers, TV, radio and online media. RPM’s objectives include the creation of a framework to promote and expand the scope of Freedom of Expression (FoE) in democracy building, the enhancement of capacities of media professionals and media pluralism.
L’Observatoire de la Liberté de la Presse, l’Ethique et de la Déontologie (OLPED) is a self-regulatory media organ in Cote d’Ivoire created on September 24, 1995, to promote and defend the ethics and code conduct of journalists.
The Gambia Press Union (GPU) was founded in 1979 by a group of journalists in the private media. The GPU has in the four decades of its existence been pursing training and advocacy activities towards media freedom and professionalism in The Gambia. The GPU also promotes democracy and economic development in the country.
The International Press Centre – lPC, Lagos Nigeria was founded in 1999 as a not-for-profit, non-governmental and independent media resource centre. The IPC undertakes capacity building workshops for journalists in Nigeria to fulfill their obligations of monitoring governance, serving as society’s watchdog and promoting democratic values.
Founded on May 3, 1999, ODEM is a self-regulatory body of the media in Benin. ODEM aims to promote professionalism in the media and ensure that, media professionals respect the code of ethics governing the profession.
The Media Reform Coordinating Group (MRCG-SL) was established as part of the Media Development Strategy which was an outcome of a study that was conducted in 2013. Their overall aim is to strengthen democratic dialogue, consolidate peace and ensure development through professional, independent and pluralistic media.
SINJOTECS is a press union in Guinea Bissau. Among other things, the union advocates for press freedom, media professionalsim and safety of journalists.
Created on May 15, 2013, IM2DH is very active in the promotion; protection and defense of press freedom and freedom of expression and also works to address relevant human rights issues in Togo.
Created in May, 1998, the Centre National de Presse – Norbert Zongo (as a tribute to the journalist Norbert Zongo) is the federation of reference for professional media organizations involved in the promotion of freedom of expression of the media.
Created on February, 28th 2004, this young Senegalese reporters group was born in the context of the challenges that media professionals were facing at the time. The organization is engaged in multi-partnerships with the country’s institutions of training and some public services.
CEMESP was legally established on October 24th 2003 in response to the challenges confronting professional media practice and free speech as a result of years of conflict in Liberia.
La Maison de la Presse was founded in 1996. It is an umbrella organisation which brings together some fifty media groups in Mali. Its objective is to support the entire media sector in Mali, contribute to the expansion and growth of the media and the forging of excellent relations among the media based on mutual trust, respect and fraternity.
Created on April 25, 2010, the Observatoire Nigérien Indépendant des Médias pour l’Ethique et la Déontologie (ONIMED) is a professional, self-regulating, non-profit organisation. It is led by an executive committee of 15 members. The objectives of ONIMED are to protect public right to free, comprehensive, healthy, honest and accurate information; promote democracy and the rule of law; and also to protect and defend press freedom. The organization also protects the safety of journalists, and guarantees their right to access information on matters of public interest. ONIMED also ensures that journalists observe the code of ethics generally accepted by the profession and/or codified into the Professional Journalists’ Charter of Niger. The organisation equally ensures respect for social norms by sanctioning, especially, any violation of human dignity, any form of incitement to tribalism, xenophobia, crimes and misdemeanors, revolt, gross indecency as well as condoning of war crimes and crimes against humanity.