As a regional media project, we seek to cooperate with partners who work throughout the sub-Sahara region or whose vision and activities are not restricted to their country of origin. This list does not reflect a definitive list of all partners with whom the KAS works or has worked.
African Media Initiative (AMI)
The African Media Initiative (AMI) is a pan African media development organization headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya. AMI aims to strengthen the media sector, from an owner and operator perspective, so that it can play its full role in promoting social development, economic growth and empowering citizens to hold governments and other institutions to account. It does so by acting as a catalyst for transformational change within the industry through a set of strategic activities aimed at transforming the sector to become more professional, financially sustainable, technologically adaptable and socially responsible.AMI is a strategic partner of KAS Media Africa. Together they are hosting an annual media conference, the African Media Leaders Forum (AMLF). It is the largest gathering of media owners and operators from around the African continent.
Media Montiroing Africa (MMA) promotes democracy and a culture where media and the powerful respect human rights and encourage a just and fair society. MMA acts in a watchdog role to promote ethical and fair journalism that supports human rights.
Wits Journalism is a programme for aspirant as well as working journalists. Located in the media metropolis Johannesburg it is well placed to work closely with the industry and working professionals to ensure a centre of teaching, training, research and public engagement. The department is steeped in a tradition of independent, critical and quality journalism. Courses are taught by journalists with many years of experience and seniority in the profession.
The Wits Radio Academy is a new centre for training, research and public engagement in the field of radio. Based at the University of the Witwatersrand, the academy aims to make a special contribution to the development of radio in South Africa and beyond, with a particular focus on community radio.
The Decriminalisation of Expression Campaign aims to rid Africa of criminal defamation, insult, false news and sedition laws. The campaign is spearheaded by the Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information in Africa, Advocate Pansy Tlakula, along with organisations spanning the five regions of Africa: East, West, South, Central and North.
The Media Legal Defence Initiative (MLDI) provides legal defence to journalists, bloggers and independent media across the world. Since its inception MLDI has funded the defence of hundreds of journalists and secured 'wins' in the vast majority of cases. It has also won strategically important judgments on issues such as the protection of journalists sources and the 'balance' between privacy and the right of freedom of expression. It has also helped build a number of legal defence units in national organisations.