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.
L’Association Guinéenne des éditeurs de la Presse Indépendante (AGEPI) Guinea’s independent newspaper publishers’ association, is the first press union in the country. Created in 1991, it was led by the then press owners who all worked for its survival.
AGEPI is the springboard for the establishment of the rule of law, democracy and press freedom in Guinea. Its objectives are to:
Defend and promote the freedom of the press and the economic independence of newspapers as an essential condition of this freedom; to develop the edition of the written press in Guinea; defend the profession of press publisher as well as the material, moral and financial interests of its members; help newspaper publishers assert their presence in the field by offering quality and competitive products; strengthen the capacity of independent publishers to develop responsible editorial policies; look for ways and means to train journalists and technicians in the sector; and promote better distribution of newspapers published by member press organisations.
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.
Union des Journalistes Indépendants du Togo (UJIT) is a prominent media organisation in the media landscape of Togo formed in 1992, in the wake of the country’s transition from military and autocratic regime to democratic rule. UJIT brings together experienced and seasoned media professionals, and independent journalists from diverse media houses. Having pioneered the establishment of the Media Observatory of Togo, a self-regulatory media organization, UJIT seeks to promote excellence and uphold of high standards and ethics in journalism practice. The organization also strives for cohesion and solidarity in the media sector.
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.
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.
The Observatoire Nigérien Indépendant des Médias pour l’Ethique et la Déontologie (ONIMED) is a professional, self-regulating, non-profit organisation in Niger. It is led by an executive committee of 15 members. The objective of ONIMED is to ensure that journalists observe the code of ethics generally accepted by the profession and/or codified into the Professional Journalists’ Charter of Niger. It receives complaints of violations of journalists’ rights and press ethic, and consequently takes decision. where necessary, the organisation also sanctions journalists and media who disregard their code of ethics. ONIMED through advocacy also ensures the protection and promotion of freedom of expression and press freedom as well as access to information in Niger. The organisation also trains journalists on various thematic areas related to the profession and has set up a press houses repertoire in Niger.