We are ready to launch our discussion on creating a democracy, governance and human rights network for journalists in Africa!
Just to recap, this online discussion will explore whether Africa needs a democracy, governance and human rights network for journalists, and if yes, how it would function and what purpose it would have. If the discussion is very much in favour of such a network, we are hoping that it can be used by organisations, who would like to be involved in creating such a network or be part of this network, to advocate for such a network and to possibly even develop a proposal to obtain funding for such an initiative.
The discussion is based around a recent poll featured on the Soul Beat Africa Democracy and Governance (D & G) themesite http://www.comminit.com/governance-africa/ The poll received a great response and 89% of the votes were in favour of a governance, democracy, and human rights journalism network in Africa.
The discussion will seek to address the following issues: 1) Are you aware of such a network having been discussed or planned and why do you think there is no such network in Africa today? 2) Do you think Africa needs a D & G and human rights journalism network? What role do journalists and the media play in promoting democracy, governance and human rights in Africa? (sharing of projects and experiences) 3) As a journalist, media organisation, or NGO working in D & G, how could such a network strengthen the work that you are doing? 4) What function should this network have? 5) How should this network be set up? 6) What are some of the challenges of setting up a continental (or even regional) journalism network?
If you know of anyone who would be interested in joining this discussion, please forward this email to them. They can register here http://networks.comminit.com/user/register (select Soul Beat Africa Democracy and Governance Network).
Best wishes, Anja Venth, Editor, Soul Beat Africa