Tuesday, August 27, 2019
Registration is now open for a free, six-week online course on media freedom and freedom of expression in Africa. Supported by Free Press Unlimited, "Media and Freedom of Expression in Africa" aims to empower activists, students, regulators, journalists, lawyers, and everyone interested in ensuring a free, pluralistic and independent African media.

The media play a critical role in democratic societies. They give citizens the information they need to make decisions and hold those in power to account. This MOOC (massive open online course) by Wits University in Johannesburg, South Africa, gives tools to advance democratic media systems in African countries. It is open and free to everyone.

The course is taught by an international team of instructors and covers:
    • freedom of expression, media freedom, and access to information
    • policy and practice in support of democratic media ecosystems
    • media pluralism and diversity
    • self-regulation, co-regulation, statutory regulation, regulatory independence
    • policy and regulatory implications of online media
    • civil society engagement

The course honours the legacy of South African freedom of expression activist Jeanette Minnie, who passed away in 2016. Minnie devoted her professional life to championing independent media in southern Africa.

You can now sign up for the MOOC free of charge. Participants have the option of receiving a verified certificate at the end of the course for $49. The course begins on Friday October 4. For more information on the course contents and to sign up, go here.