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Bolstering the Safety and Protection of Journalists in Eastern Africa

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US$26 400.00

In recent years, cases of abductions and violence against journalists and media workers in Eastern Africa have increased at an alarming rate, particularly during election periods. The majority of these cases remain unresolved due to a lack of credible investigative and legal procedures. Such violations deprive citizens of their fundamental right to freely seek and receive information and express ideas, as guaranteed by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Civil and Political Rights and the African Charter on Human and People's Rights. At present however, no formal mechanism exists to protect journalists. This project concentrates on journalists working within six of the most dangerous countries in Eastern Africa, namely Somalia, Rwanda, Kenya, Burundi, Eritrea and Uganda. It will provide training to a total of 30 journalists (five per country) over a three-day period on issues such as self-protection and safety measures, and will result in the establishment of a sub-regional safety and protection network, whereby journalists can monitor, document and report attacks. A safety and protection manual specific to the Eastern Africa context will also be developed and published to serve as a future reference guide. OBJECTIVE To train a group of 30 journalists from six high risk countries in Eastern Africa on issues such as self-protection and safety measures; and to establish a sub-regional safety and protection network enabling the monitoring, documentation, and reporting of attacks on journalists.

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Article 19 ? Kenya and Eastern Africa
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Article 19 Kenya and Eastern Africa is an independent civil society organization, registered under Kenya's NGO Coordination Act in 2007. It has a specific mandate and focus on the defence and promotion of freedom of expression and freedom of information worldwide, and its work includes the monitoring of threats and violations of freedom of expression, as well as advocacy and campaign work in partnership with other national and international organizations in order to lead the way for institutional, cultural and legal change.

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PO Box 2653 Nairobi 00100 Kenya

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+254 (20) 3862230/2
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Responsible UNESCO Regional advisers: 

Hekekiel Dlamini, h.dlamini@unesco.org;

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Henry O. Maina, Director of Article 19 Kenya and Eastern Africa, henry@article19.org;

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Eastern Africa: Burundi, Eritrea, Kenya, Somalia, Rwanda and Uganda

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