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Friday 29 April 2016, by SIGNIS

Bonn, April, 29th, 2016 (DW Akademie). DW Akademie is marking World Press Freedom Day (May, 3rd), and the 25th Anniversary of the groundbreaking Windhoek Declaration for independent and plural media in Africa, through supporting the publication of an online special and newspaper The African Free Press examining the state of press freedom in sub-Saharan Africa.

Together with its partner, the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA), DW Akademie has helped to publish the views of 40 journalists and media experts on the state of media freedom and expression; access to information; media pluralism and diversity in sub-Saharan Africa.

The African Free Press newspaper will be made available on May 3 at various WPFD events across Africa and in partnership with other media freedom organisations. All articles and images from The African Free Press special online edition are also available to download in a digital format for publication by any media organization for free.

The new MISA website offers not only a comprehensive source of information on press freedom and access to information in Southern Africa, but also digital tools developed with DW Akademie to assist reporting and documenting media freedom violations.

The African Free Press was co-edited by Jeanette Minnie and Hendrik Bussiek – both leading experts on media freedom challenges in sub-Saharan Africa. The two highly respected journalists commissioned articles on a wide range of topics pertinent to the current African media environment. The online and social media editor, Kyle James, commissioned a series of video messages asking an important question: what do young people want from their media? James also adapted the written articles for online publication.

The articles, accompanying pictures and short video messages can be accessed online for immediate use either in the run up to or on WPFD May 3, via the WHK25 Media Kit on the special www.whk25.misa.org or in a public access Dropbox folder entitled: “WHK25”

The articles are being made available under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) licence.

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