The coalition partners monitor press freedom violations in target countries and support local groups on their lobby and advocacy efforts for a safer media environment. This will result in multi-tiered advocacy efforts (national, regional and international) to protect freedom of expression and information during the crisis, based on accurate, timely information on the infringement of these rights.

An African-focused media observatory will be set up relying on information collected regionally by local partners. This will enable local partners to build their capacity on lobby and advocacy.

The observatory will feed information in a mapping tool named Tracker 19, developed by Reporters Without Borders. The aim of this project is the evaluate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on journalism and to document instances of state censorship and misinformation. The map below visualises the countries where incidents have been recorded.

Source: Reporters Without Borders