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The government of Ethiopia’s insatiable appetite for internet shutdowns is atavistic

Par | Plaidoyer, Droits numériques, Liberté d'Internet

That Ethiopia is a great country cannot be gainsaid. History records that as colonialism was ravaging the rest of Africa, only Ethiopia and Liberia were never colonized. Having been locked out of East Africa by the British and the Germans, the Italians tried their luck in Ethiopia but they were defeated in the famous Battle of Adowa. Ethiopian Airlines is the only remaining Pride of Africa in the skies flying to more destinations abroad than any other African airline. Statistics indicate that the airline makes more profit than all the other African airlines combined. In the world of Athletics, the heroics of Kenenisa Bekele and many other great Ethiopian athletes have been recorded. I have never attended a conference abroad where there were no Ethiopian youth playing a key role in our African delegation. Notably, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali was awarded The Nobel Peace Prize in 2019 for his efforts to achieve peace and international cooperation, and in particular for his decisive initiative to resolve the border conflict with neighbouring Eritrea.  Ethiopia’s star has been rising.

Despite all this, in blatant disregard of basic human entitlements, the government of the Republic of Ethiopia has never missed an opportunity to violate the rights of its citizens. At the slightest provocation, the government appears to always have as its first option, internet shutdowns, and digital communications restrictions. This has been witnessed including during national examinations and most recently at the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2019 alone, the government shut down the internet in Ethiopia a record eight times drawing condemnation from the global digital rights community. . Internet Shutdowns are never a good option in times of crisis or national emergencies. An internet shutdown means a blackout on access to information and to world affairs. A society that does not have access to information is a society that is walking in a fathomless abyss of darkness. Infact, to the detriment of the government, misinformation and rumours spread more among the citizens when they are unable to access information or to verify the information they have consumed. Disruption of the free flow of information, can amplify any existing tensions in society, as well as serving to conceal any violence and human rights violations perpetrated either by state or non-state actors. 

Article 29 of the Constitution of Ethiopia expressly provides for freedom of conscience and protects the right of thought, opinion and expression and media freedom “without any interference.” By interfering with its citizens’ digital rights through the incessant internet shutdowns, the government of Ethiopia contravenes this provision of its own supreme law. Ethiopia has also ratified the two cardinal human rights instruments- International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (“ICCPR”), the International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights (“ICESCR”) which specifically state that every person has the right to the inviolability of communications made by phone, telecommunications, and electronic devices.

While unconfirmed, many reports have indicated that Ethiopia is one of many Africa’s authoritarian governments that hire international hacking companies to target human rights defenders in the country. This insatiable appetite for human rights violations has attracted condemnation including from Mr. David Kaye, the former United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression who remarked during a visit to Ethiopia that the government’s continued breach of citizen’s digital rights was an affront to international human rights. However, as if directed to deaf ears, the violations continued on a worse scale in 2020.. There is an urgent need to empower human rights defenders and journalists with the skills to advocate and preserve digital rights in Ethiopia.

In an attempt to contain hate speech and mis-information, in March 2020, Ethiopia crafted a new law- the Hate Speech and Disinformation Prevention and Suppression Proclamation, which law attempts to reverse the gains made by Ethiopia in promoting access to information and freedom of conscience. The law poses a threat to freedom of expression and access to information online amongst the citizens. The objectives of the Proclamation are to, among others, “protect freedom of expression while suppressing all forms of hatred and discrimination; promote tolerance, civil discourse, and dialogue, mutual respect and strengthen democratic governance; and to control and suppress the dissemination and proliferation of hate speech, disinformation, and other related false and misleading information.” This wording is vague and open to abuse by the government. 

There is a need to create a robust network of human rights defenders who advocate for uninterrupted internet access to all Ethiopians, help protect privacy rights, create awareness and build capacity in partnership with more established civil society organizations across the globe, to advocate and protect a principal medium of communication that people depend on in the world today- the internet.

The author of this article,  Ekai Nabenyo is Paradigm Initiative’s Digital Rights Program Officer for (East Africa) 

Comment les messageries privées permettent aux Nigérianes de prendre part aux mobilisations ?

Par | Droits numériques

WhatsApp est de loin la première plateforme sociale dans plusieurs pays africains. Depuis plusieurs semaines, le Nigeria est secoué par des manifestations initiées contre les violences policières, qui se sont transformées, en une contestation inédite contre le régime et la mauvaise gouvernance. Ces manifestations sont inédites et attirent aussi autant l’attention du monde grâce à une campagne organisée et planifiée sur les réseaux sociaux.

Et à la tête de ces manifestations et du hashtag #Endsars, des féministes qui diffusent l’information, viennent en aide aux manifestants, alertent, grâce aux outils comme Whatsapp et Telegram.

Les femmes ont toujours pris leur part dans le changement politique au Nigeria. Figure importante de la lutte anticolonialiste, Funmilayo Ransome_Kuti, par exemple a milité pour l’émancipation et l’autodétermination des femmes dans son pays. En avril 1948, avec les femmes de son organisation, Abeokuta Women Union, elles obtiennent la suspension de la taxe imposée aux femmes et une amélioration provisoire de leur représentation politique. Et ces victoires, elles l’ont sans doute obtenu difficilement car on était encore loin de l’ère du smartphone et des réseaux sociaux. Désormais, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram mais surtout Whatsapp sont au cœur de nos vies. C’est sur cette dernière plateforme notamment que la campagne #Endsars se joue aussi. Les manifestants ont diffusé des informations capitales (lieu et date de rencontre, actualités en temps réel des marches, etc…) qui sont devenues virales grâce à des groupes populaires sur Whatsapp.

Utilisée par toutes les catégories de la populations (artisans, classes moyennes ou supérieures, jeunes ou vieux), les messageries privées permettent aux Nigérianes de s’informer.

"Depuis que les médias traditionnels du pays ont été réduits au silence par les règles réglementaires de la NBC, Whatsapp a été très efficace, en particulier pour atteindre toutes les générations au Nigéria.” affirme Blackdotmandy qui me confie qu’elle utilise surtout la fonctionnalité Status de l’application pour suivre l’actualité.

Whatsapp a aussi été une ressource importante pour les organisatrices de certains mouvements. “ En tant que co-organisatrice de Women for Nigerian Youths, je travaille avec des personnes que je n’ai pas rencontrées et que je ne rencontrerai probablement jamais physiquement. Pourtant, nous avons pu collaborer et nous déployer dans les rues de manière presque transparente. Ceci est particulièrement intéressant pour moi car je suis impliquée dans des mouvements et dans l’activisme social depuis environ 20 ans. Alors je connais la différence. C’est un moment historique.” me raconte Dupe Killa.

Cette présence sur Whatsapp est cependant bien pensée. “ La plupart du temps, nous nous organisons en groupes locaux pour intensifier les différents efforts et nous concentrer sur des problèmes particuliers. Les gens partagent beaucoup de contenu — actualités, articles, etc mais ils sont responsables des contenus qu’ils proposent.” précise Dupe.

Ces derniers jours, le gouvernement a accusé de jeunes manifestants Nigérians, d’utiliser les réseaux sociaux pour dissiper la désinformation.

“Je reçois pas mal de fausses informations sur Whatsapp. Quand j’en reçois, je réponds immédiatement à l’expéditeur pour lui apporter des éclairages”. me confie Seyi, une militante très active sur Twitter.

Du côté des principales organisations féministes, très actives au sein du mouvement #Endsars, il faut veiller à la sécurité des messages diffusés avant tout. Elles préfèrent donc échanger sur la messagerie Telegram. “De nombreuses conversations et des groupes se sont déplacés sur Telegram. Cette application a une meilleure réputation dans la protection des données personnelles des utilisateurs. Ce que nous remarquons aussi, c’est que sur Whatsapp, il y a énormément de fausses nouvelles pouvant accroître les tensions ethniques et religieuses.” affirme Fakhrriyyah, membre de la coalition féministe.

Pour Gbenga Sesan, directeur exécutif de Paradigm Initiative, une organisation, basée au Nigeria, qui milite pour le respect des droits numériques en Afrique, WhatsApp a servi de pont entre les médias sociaux traditionnels (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram) et le monde hors ligne. “ Le fait que l’application soit très simple et imite la simple messagerie classique, attire un groupe démographique qui n’est pas assez averti pour utiliser les médias sociaux traditionnels. Sa facilité de transfert d’informations vers les contacts, tout comme les SMS, mais associée aux fonctionnalités d’envoi audio, photo et vidéo en a fait un canal important pour diffuser l’information.”

Cependant, Gbenga reste prudent. Les qualités qui en font un canal pour populariser les usages, font aussi de cette messagerie, le lieu où les fausses informations ou la propagande se propagent rapidement.

Cet article a été rédigé par  Sinatou Saka, lauréate 2020 de la bourse Paradigm Initiative pour les droits numériques et l’inclusion

Paradigm Initiative déplore la coupure d’internet en Guinée

Par | Communiqué de presse

[Yaoundé, 26 Octobre 2020] –  Depuis le 24 octobre 2020 en Guinée, les réseaux de télécommunications ont connu de fortes perturbations. Selon l’observatoire internet de NetBlocks, « des perturbations au niveau national dans le service internet en Guinée depuis 07h30 (GMT) le (23 octobre 2020 ndlr), y compris sur Orange, premier réseau de téléphonie mobile du pays. Cet incident semble cohérent avec les restrictions imposées par le passé et attribuées aux organes de contrôle étatiques pendant les élections », a expliqué Alp Toker, le directeur exécutif de NetBlocks.  Selon les données fournies par Netblocks, les perturbations mentionnées concernent l’Internet et les appels internationaux en général.

Le 24 octobre 2020 l’opérateur Orange a adressé un message à ses abonnés sur la situation de l’internet: « Bonjour. Un incident a été constaté sur nos sorties à l’international impactant plusieurs de nos services. Des investigations sont en cours. Orange s’en excuse. » 

Dans un communiqué de presse du 25 octobre 2020, l’Opérateur « Orange informe son aimable clientèle qu’il assiste depuis à une coupure depuis 72 heures, sans aucun préavis de ses sorties à l’international au niveau de Guilab ».

A titre de rappel, le 19 mars 2020, Orange, MTN et Cellcom Guinée avaient prévenu leurs utilisateurs qu’une coupure du réseau internet allait intervenir de 1 heure du matin à 13 heures le 21 mars et de 1 heure à 9 heures le 22 mars  2020 pour une intervention de maintenance de Orange Marine, la filiale de l’opérateur télécoms Orange. Cette annonce de fermeture d’internet et de travaux intervenant en période du référendum contesté dans le pays. Ces travaux avaient été repoussés quelques jours avant la date butoir. 

Au regard du contexte socio-politique que traverse le pays, Paradigm Initiative se dit profondément préoccupée par la stabilité de l’Internet en Guinée, et invite le gouvernement, les opérateurs de téléphonie, les fournisseurs et toutes les parties prenantes de l’écosystème Internet à respecter les engagements vis-à-vis de la protection des droits des utilisateurs Déclaration Africaine des Droits et Libertés de l’Internet, déclaration africaine sur la gouvernance de l’Internet, et tous les autres principes du respect des droits de l’homme en ligne.

Paradigm Initiative est profondément préoccupée par la coupure d’Internet en pleine élection présidentielle. Cette coupure porte une grave atteinte à la liberté d’expression, l’accès à l’information et est une violation de tous les instruments nationaux et internationaux auxquels la Guinée est partie prenante notamment, la Charte Africaine des Droits de l’Homme et des Peuples, la Déclaration Universelle des Droits de l’Homme, le Pacte International relatif aux Droits Civils et Politiques et le Principe clé (2) et (4) de la Déclaration Africaine des Droits et Libertés de l’Internet ».

Les autorités guinéennes doivent rétablir immédiatement la connexion à Internet et l’accès aux plateformes de médias sociaux et veiller au respect de la liberté d’expression, d’association et d’opinion en ligne conformément aux normes internationales. 

Nous invitons également le gouvernement guinéen et tous les acteurs de la gouvernance de l’Internet en Guinée à plus de responsabilités et s’engager pour la stabilité de la connexion Internet sur l’ensemble du territoire national pendant et après le processus électoral afin d’utiliser Internet comme un instrument de promotion de la démocratie en Guinée.

Burundi: 65 organizations call for immediate release of Iwacu journalists

Par | Communiqué de presse

On the first anniversary of their arrest, 65 organizations call for the immediate and unconditional release of the Iwacu journalists Agnès Ndirubusa, Christine Kamikazi, Egide Harerimana and Térence Mpozenzi who were convicted on charges against state security for simply doing their job. Their continued detention on baseless charges is a stark reminder that, despite a recent change in leadership, the Burundian government has little tolerance for independent journalism and free speech, the organizations said.

On 22 October 2019, the four journalists were arrested along with their driver Adolphe Masabarakiza as they went to report on clashes between the security forces and an armed group in Bubanza province. Although they had informed the provincial authorities of their plan to travel to the area, they were arrested on arrival and later accused of threatening internal state security. However, during the trial, the prosecution presented no evidence of the journalists having any contact with the armed group.

Although they were charged with complicity in threatening the internal security of the state, Ndirubusa, Kamikazi, Harerimana and Mpozenzi were ultimately convicted of attempting to commit the crime, a lesser criminal offense. Their lawyers say that they were not informed of the change to the charge prior to the verdict or allowed to defend themselves against it in court, violating fair trial standards. All four were sentenced to two and a half years in prison and fined one million Burundian francs (approximately 525 USD). Masabarakiza, who had been provisionally released in November 2019, was acquitted. Ndirubusa, Kamikazi, Harerimana and Mpozenzi appealed their conviction, but in its 4 June decision the Ntahangwa Court of Appeal upheld the verdict.

The message sent by the courts is an attempt to intimidate and threaten other journalists from doing their work and reporting on what is happening inside the country, the organizations said. The conviction and continued detention of the four journalists also runs counter to Burundi’s constitutional guarantees on freedom of expression, as well as regional and international obligations in accordance with Article 9 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights and Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. It is particularly inconsistent with the African Commission’s 2019 Declaration of Principles on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information, which specifically provides that states shall take measures to prevent “arbitrary arrest and detention” of journalists.

Iwacu is one of the few remaining independent media houses operational in Burundi. Hundreds of journalists and human rights defenders have fled the country since the start of the political crisis in 2015 and those still working in the country often face threats and harassment. Releasing Ndirubusa, Kamikazi, Harerimana and Mpozenzi would be an important first step towards reopening civic space and recognizing the contribution of reliable media reporting in ensuring access to information for all Burundians.

Signatories:

  1. ACAT-Burundi (Action des chrétiens pour l’abolition de la torture)
  2. Amnesty International
  3. ARTICLE 19 Afrique de l'Est
  4. Association Burundaise pour la Protection des Droits Humains et des Personnes Détenues (APRODH)
  5. Association des journalistes indépendants du Bénin
  6. Bloggers Association of Kenya
  7. Burundi Human Rights Initiative
  8. Cellule Norbert Zongo pour le journalisme d’investigation en Afrique de l’Ouest
  9. Center for Advancement of Rights and Democracy
  10. CNCD-11.11.11
  11. Coalition Burundaise des Défenseurs des Droits de l’Homme
  12. Coalition Burundaise pour la Cour Pénale Internationale (CB-CPI)
  13. Coalition de la Société Civile pour le Monitoring Electoral (COSOME)
  14. Collaboration sur la politique internationale des TIC en Afrique orientale et australe (CIPESA)
  15. Collectif des Avocats pour la défense des victimes de crimes de droit international commis au Burundi (CAVIB)
  16. Comité pour la protection des journalistes
  17. Community Empowerment for Progress Organization-CEPO, South Sudan
  18. Congress of African Journalists
  19. Consortium of Ethiopian Human Rights Organizations (CEHRO)
  20. Defend Defenders (East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project)
  21. Eastern Africa Journalists Network (EAJN)
  22. European Network for Central Africa (EurAc)
  23. Fédération internationale des ACAT (FIACAT)
  24. Federation of African Journalists (FAJ)
  25. Federation of Somali Journalists (FESOJ)
  26. FIDH, in the framework of the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders
  27. Forum pour la Conscience et le Développement (FOCODE)
  28. Forum pour le Renforcement de la Société Civile (FORSC)
  29. The Ghanaian PEN Centre
  30. Human Rights Network for Journalists- Uganda
  31. Human Rights Watch
  32. International Service for Human Rights (ISHR)
  33. Kenya Correspondents Association
  34. Kenya Editors’ Guild
  35. Kenya Union of Journalists
  36. Laws and Rights Awareness Initiative (LRAI)
  37. Ligue Burundaise des droits de l’homme Iteka
  38. Ligue des journalistes Tchadiens (LJT)
  39. La Maison de la presse du Niger
  40. Media Council of Tanzania
  41. Media Institute of Southern Africa
  42. Mouvement des Femmes et Filles pour la Paix et la Sécurité au Burundi (MFFPS)
  43. Mouvement Inamahoro Femmes & Filles pour la Paix & la Securite
  44. National Coalition of Human Rights Defenders – Uganda
  45. Observatoire de la lutte contre la corruption et les malversations économiques (OLUCOME)
  46. Ökumenisches Netz Zentralafrika (ÖNZ)
  47. One Day Seyoum
  48. OpenNet Africa
  49. Organisation Patronale des Médias du Gabon (OPAM)
  50. Initiative Paradigm
  51. PEN International
  52. PEN Nigeria
  53. PEN South Africa
  54. PEN Zimbabwe
  55. Reporters sans Frontières (RSF)
  56. Réseau des Citoyens Probes (RCP)
  57. SOS-Torture/Burundi
  58. Syndicat National des Journalistes Indépendants du Togo (SYNJIT)
  59. Syndicat Professionnels Information Communication Sénégal (Synpics)
  60. Tournons la Page – Burundi
  61. Tournons la Page International
  62. TRIAL International
  63. Ugandan PEN
  64. Union Burundaise des Journalistes
  65. World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), in the framework of the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders

[Coalition Open Letter] As Nigeria protests, the government must uphold connectivity

Par | Communiqué de presse

As civil unrest flares across Nigeria, it is imperative that President Muhammadu Buhari ensures stable, open access to the internet and digital communication channels throughout the nation. Thousands of people are taking to the streets, demanding the notorious Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) face justice for their alleged brutality — amidst a wider call for government reform — and now, more than ever, upholding the safety of protestors should be the government’s main priority.

“The internet is helping protestors coordinate, while bringing global attention to the issues on the ground,” said Adeboye Adegoke, Senior Program Manager at Paradigm Initiative. “We have witnessed people attacked by sponsored thugs, and the killings of unarmed protesters at the Lekki tollgate, allegedly by the Nigerian Army — all through images and video clips shared in real-time via social media. This evidence can be used to investigate and prosecute crimes against peaceful protestors and the Nigerian State, while helping the government demonstrate its commitment to the reforms it promised. Keeping the internet on at this crucial time is the only way for the government to show transparency and sincerity of purpose as it fights to win back citizens’ confidence.”

“Shutting down the internet while thousands of Nigerians are protesting against police brutality would be incredibly dangerous, and we call on President Muhammadu Buhari to help ensure sparks don’t turn into flames,” said Felicia Anthonio, Campaigner and #KeepItOn Lead at Access Now. “Governments cannot allow their agents to operate with impunity. Stable, open and secure internet helps ensure people can document, communicate, access information, and hold elected officials and law enforcement to account.”

Paradigm Initiative, Access Now, Internet Sans Frontiere and fifty other organizations are appealing to the government to:

  • Ensure that the internet, including social media and other digital communication platforms, remains open, accessible, and secure across the Federal Republic of Nigeria;
  • Publicly assure the people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria that the internet and all social media platforms will be on, and to notify the public of any disruptions;
  • Order the ISPs operating in the country to provide quality, secure, free, and open internet and inform internet users of any disruptions and work around the clock to fix any identified disruptions likely to impact the quality of service they receive; and
  • Ensure the security of protesters and that they will not be surveilled and profiled for retribution.

Read the open letter.

Call for applications to the 4th Edition of the Paradigm Initiative (PIN) Digital Rights and Inclusion Media Fellowship

Par | #PINternetFreedom, Plaidoyer, Droits numériques, DigitalJobs, DRIF, DRIMF, TIC, Liberté d'Internet, Communiqué de presse

Fellowship period: 1 March 2021 – 30 June 2021

Application Period: 21 October 2020 to 12 November 2020

The application process is now open for the 4th edition of the Paradigm Initiative (PIN) Digital Rights and Inclusion Media Fellowship (DRIMF). Through academic and practical learnings, Paradigm Initiative Digital Rights and Digital Inclusion Media Fellowship 2021 seeks to embed media professionals within the digital ecosystem. Media Fellows will connect with PIN teams in Cameroon (Yaoundé), Ghana (Accra), Kenya (Nairobi), Nigeria (Aba, Abuja, Kano and Lagos), Zambia (Lusaka) and Zimbabwe (Bulawayo).

The fellowship seeks to expose media professionals to an underreported field of work at national and regional level, increasing reporting on digital rights and inclusion in Africa. Selected media professionals must be affiliated to media institutions within Africa and available to commence the fellowship from 1 March 2021 to 30 June 2021, to connect and collaborate mostly virtually, and where applicable, be present for in-person activities.

Paradigm Initiative’s Digital Rights and Inclusion Media Fellowship is a 4-month program designed to immerse outstanding early career journalists in the digital ecosystem. Selected media professionals will work with Paradigm Initiative on various projects and contribute to improving public understanding of digital rights and inclusion issues in Africa. Applications are open to journalists working in Africa.

Components of the fellowship

  • Online Digital Rights/Inclusion academic training.
  • Interaction with PIN team members within Africa.
  • 4-month virtual mentorship and collaboration with Paradigm Initiative.
  • Fellowship may include fully-funded local and international travel to participate in and cover relevant events related to Digital Rights and Inclusion.
  • A monthly stipend and a one-time research grant during the fellowship period.
  • Paradigm will pair fellows with in-country mentors for the time of the fellowship who will meet the fellows at least twice during the fellowship.

Attentes

Fellows will dedicate a minimum of ten hours a week to fellowship-related activities. Each Fellow will be expected to participate in all scheduled activities and to publish, in their affiliated media (Print, TV, Radio, Online), at least 4 features/reports on digital rights and inclusion issues during the fellowship period. Fellows will retain full editorial direction on the stories that they publish in their affiliated media. In addition, each fellow will produce a research paper on a relevant topic with the guidance of the PIN Team of not more than 1500 words which will be published by PIN. Fellows will be expected to continue to provide coverage on digital rights and inclusion issues after their fellowship.

Exigences

The Fellowship is open to early career journalists with not more than 8 years’ experience in the media sector and affiliated with mainstream print and online newspapers in Africa. Interested candidates must have a relevant undergraduate degree and demonstrate previous coverage of human rights and/or tech issues and interest in advancing digital rights and inclusion.

comment s'inscrire

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Vacancy: COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER

Par | DigitalJobs, TIC, LA VIE

Paradigm Initiative (PIN) is a non-profit social enterprise that builds ICT-enabled support systems for young people, in order to improve their livelihoods. Two of PIN’s programs focus on digital inclusion while the third focuses on digital rights advocacy. Paradigm Initiative’s digital rights advocacy program is focused on the development of public policy for internet freedom in key regions of Africa. Our policy advocacy efforts include media campaigns, coalition building, capacity building, research and report-writing.

Résumé du poste:

To oversee all internal and external communications for Paradigm Initiative while ensuring our message is consistent and engaging. The main duties include managing our digital platforms, including website, social media accounts, email and other dissemination tools. The successful candidate will publish and promote marketing, editorial and fundraising content/campaigns on our digital platforms and across social media. The Communications Manager will be a member of PIN’s Leadership Team, supporting strategic oversight of the organisation’s operations.


This position is also responsible for maintaining Paradigm Initiative’s partner database and providing regular communications with partners. It involves preparing detailed media reports, press releases, and marketing materials; coordinating and delivering resources and processes in support of media and communications; researching, writing, editing and publishing information about Paradigm Initiative to be used for internal publications for employees, management, partners, volunteers and the public.

Reporting To:

Président directeur général

Rôles et responsabilités:

  1. Communications 
  • Publish a variety of digital content with a focus on producing engaging web pages that are visually appealing and provide an overall rich experience for partners and visitors. Manage all postings to ensure content is on-brand and search- and social-optimized.
  • Timely response to the communications needs of team members and the giving of timely updates regarding any ongoing project.
  • Produce all email campaigns, solicit content from internal sources, and manage review, testing, and sending.
  • Lead digital execution and participate in digital advocacy—across email, website, print and social media—of programmes and projects across offices and Regions throughout the year.
  • Develop and execute social and print media campaigns for key days, themes, and priority upcoming content.
  • Create content for social media accounts and post regularly on each account.
  • Manage social ad campaigns and other promotions; track and share results for continuous improvement to targeting and segments.
  • Promote new content, key pages, and calls-to-action across channels. Position content to target different segments and to fit the format and publishing requirements of each platform
  • Coordinate and support communications projects, outreach, and products as needed
  • Support team members in the translation of documents and other communications from English to French and vice versa.
  • Proofread and coordinate production of communications materials

      2. Financial Management 

  • Manage allocated budgets for all tasks and cost-effective maintenance of digital assets
  • Raise funds for the organization through the deployment of digital media skills and through relevant grant opportunities
  • Monitor the social media networks for grants and funding opportunities for the Organization

      3. Business and Media Management 

  • Develop and implement long term and project-based communications strategies.
  • Develop and produce content to engage and educate audiences across various channels including newsletters, blogs, graphics, website, social media
  • Develop and execute social media activities across multiple channels
  • Oversee the development and maintenance of PIN’s website
  • Contribute to overall digital content strategy and inform the calendar of upcoming topics, news and milestones, and external opportunities to guide content planning.
  • Research and collect information and data for content and communications strategy
  • Help manage and drive events including developing email invitations and managing invitation lists
  • Seek regular opportunities for the Leadership Team to engage with major foundations, corporate partners, and other organizations on social media and curate up-to-date lists of key accounts.
  • Compile and maintain media and community database
  • Create and update marketing materials and documents in support of fundraising, grants, projects and programs
  • Organize online events, perform outreach and marketing, create social sharing toolkits, manage “day of” social media and more
  • Be responsible for managing PIN’s Digital Rights and Inclusion Media Fellowship
  • Identify and research media outlets, producers, editors and reporters towards making them receptive to PIN’s message
  • Track and record media mentions related to Paradigm Initiative’s work
  • Ensure adequate media coverage for all program activities and functions in electronic and print media, and on digital media platforms 
  • Identify good stories and exercise good storytelling skills
  • Other projects as assigned

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communication, Public Relations, Journalism or any other related field
  • Proven experience with communications research and strategy, media relations, content development for various audiences, digital engagement best practices
  • At least 7 years of relevant communications experience; digital communications experience is highly preferred
  • Experience publishing content on WordPress, Squarespace or other CMS
  • Proven experience managing digital media advertising for social campaigns

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: 

  • Must be a strong communicator; have excellent written, presentation and oral communications in both English and French
  • Attention to details and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to manage time, deliverables and meet deadlines
  • Must be a creative and strategic thinker with good judgement and ability to make independent decisions in a changing environment
  • Software skills desired –  WordPress, SquareSpace, MailChimp (or similar email service provider), offline and cloud-based productivity tools
  • Flexibility and ability to work collaboratively with others especially other team members
  • Good understanding of ICT issues and policies in Africa


comment s'inscrire

Send a one-page statement of interest, in English, with your recent CV attached to hr@paradigmhq.org.

The application will be open till October 30, 2020, but it will be filled as soon as we find the right fit. If you think you are the right fit, do not delay in sending in your application.

 

Vacancy: Program Officer – West Africa

Par | DigitalJobs, TIC, LA VIE

Paradigm Initiative (PIN) is a non-profit social enterprise that builds ICT-enabled support systems for young people, in order to improve their livelihoods. Two of PIN’s programs focus on digital inclusion while the third focuses on digital rights advocacy. Paradigm Initiative’s digital rights advocacy program is focused on the development of public policy for internet freedom in key regions of Africa. Our policy advocacy efforts include media campaigns, coalition building, capacity building, research and report-writing.

Résumé du poste:

To provide essential support to Programs, working with the Senior Program Manager and other team members to achieve projects’ success. To manage the Digital Rights and Digital Inclusion programs and events, in West Africa, relevant to accomplishing the organization’s strategic goals and objectives, as well as to establish networks with other institutions.

Reporting To:

Senior Program Manager

Roles and responsibilities:

  1. Policy and Administration
  • Support with the identification and interpretation of program strategies and policies across the region
  • Plan and design programs and events; proactively monitor its progress, resolve issues and initiate appropriate corrective action
  • Ensure effective quality assurance and the overall integrity of the program – focus inwardly on the internal consistency of the program and outwardly on its coherence with infrastructure planning, interface with other programs and corporate technical and specialist standards
  • Assist in administering training for other support staff and team members
  • Monitor and document policy development around digital inclusion and digital rights  in your region
  • Log complaints and problems associated with running the programs effectively
  • Support the administrative team when the need arises
  • Attend corporate functions in order to build the organization’s network
  • Ensure timely completion of programs within set deadlines

2. Resource Control and Financial Management

  • Effectively manage tools and resources for program implementation
  • Keep records of all financial transactions associated with program processes and completion
  • Ensure proper management of all budgetary allocations for program management
  • Send accurate monthly financial records to the Finance & Assets unit while staying within the limits of approved budgets.
  • Collaboratively work with the team to ensure effective usage of resources

3. Program Planning and Implementation

  • Impact the organization’s output by developing and interpreting initiatives and new trends of program development
  • Render advisory services to the Program Manager or when required on matters of program planning, implementation, development and sustainability
  • Provide essential support services to the team on a regular basis
  • Provide regular updates of all planning processes, practices and program methodology
  • Collect and collate all reports of completed programs and events

4. Research and Fundraising

  • Research and develop materials and reports that outline the successful completion of programs
  • Identify, and work with the Senior Program Manager  to contact, potential grantees for funding and identify other income streams for the program
  • Work with the Senior Program Manager and the rest of the team in writing grant applications
  • Develop a budget and operating plan for each program
  • Contribute to the analysis and communication of key digital policy developments in your region by developing at least one (1) policy brief per quarter
  • Contribute to reports and research on Digital Policy developments

5. Community Relations

  • Identify, develop and promote partnerships with other external organizations
  • Manage communications with all stakeholders
  • Provide the communities with relevant information about PIN’s programs and events

6. Advocacy and Communications

  • Represent PIN at public events and/or in mass media
  • Strengthen PIN’s networking with funders, foundations and other relevant organizations to develop grant-making and programmatic partnerships and collaborations
  • Identify communications opportunities and strategies to raise awareness about PIN
  • Create connections between issues relevant to digital rights and inclusion and opportunities for PIN to leverage its position in advocacy circles
  • Plan and conduct outreach activities to enhance and sustain existing and future networks with potential grantees and funders

Education and Experience:

  • A qualified lawyer and a member of the Bar Association of their country
  • A background in Policy or equivalent experience
  • Work experience of 3-5 years in supporting programs with multiple stakeholders
  • Flair for and experience in budgeting, writing and reporting
  • Project management and proposal development experience strongly preferred.
  • Experience in program design and training

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Must be a strong communicator; have excellent written, presentation and oral communications in both English and French
  • Vast knowledge and understanding of program planning, analysis, implementation and development
  • Ability to professionally engage and work with key stakeholders in various settings
  • Demonstrated ability to draft proposals, reports and results of research or other organizational documents with minimal supervision
  • Strong understanding of digital rights advocacy issues
  • Time management and administrative skills
  • Proven ability to set priorities, work independently and take initiative, manage multiple projects simultaneously and meet deadlines
  • Good knowledge of research methods and practices 
  • Competence in the usage of computer systems, software, data and IT applications.
  • Good interpersonal skills

For the purpose of gender balance, a female candidate will be preferred. 

This position is based in Senegal.

comment s'inscrire

Send a one-page statement of interest, in English, with your recent CV attached to hr@paradigmhq.org.

The application will be open till October 30, 2020, but it will be filled as soon as we find the right fit. If you think you are the right fit, do not delay in sending in your application.

Paradigm Initiative’s Digital Rights Academy 2020: Call for applications

Par | Droits numériques

Applications are open for the Paradigm Initiative Digital Rights Academy 2020. This academy will be focused on understanding and navigating the policy and regulatory landscape related to digital rights and security, as well as capacity building in advocacy and engagement strategies for those who work or are interested in promoting and defending human rights online in Africa. 

 Objectives

The subject of human rights online has never been more important than it is now, with digitalization shaping the majority of  today’s economic and social activities. The subject is not only relevant to policy makers, advocates, and Civil Society Organizations who work around the theme of Human Rights online and ICTs for Development, but also  individuals and media institutions who are interested in and who rely heavily on the use of the internet for activism, advocacy or civil engagement. 

The objective of this academy is creating awareness on the issues surrounding Digital rights in Africa and capacity building for the participants in order that they are armed with the requisite knowledge to actively participate in digital rights advocacy. 

 The Academy will commence on the 9th of November, 2020 and end on the 13th of November, 2020. The Academy will take place online, in view of the Coronavirus (COVID 19). Further details will be shared with the shortlisted applicants. 

Admissibilité

Open to individuals who live and work in Africa.

Selection will be based on best-fit considerations with a focus on the likelihood that the workshop will be useful to your ongoing work. 

 

comment s'inscrire 

Please complete the formulaire de demande and submit it. The Deadline is Saturday, 24th of October 2020. 

Shortlisted applicants will be notified soon after the closing date. 

Deadline: 24th of October, 2020.

 

 

Paradigm Initiative deeply concerned over proposed internet broadcasting regulations in Lesotho

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Paradigm Initiative is deeply concerned over the proposed Internet Broadcasting Regulations announced by the Lesotho Communications Authority. As stipulated in the Lesotho Communications Authority (Internet Broadcasting) Rules, 2020 sections 5(1) (c) and 38(2) of the Communications Act No. 4 of 2012, the Authority intends to regulate internet broadcasting and content distributed over internet networks for users with over 100 followers or internet posts that are accessible to over 100 users, whether posted  individually or in a series.

In addition, account holders with over 100 followers will be required to register and comply with the principles and standards set out in the Broadcast Act of 2004.

According to the regulator, this move is meant to enable them to regulate the sector and  carry out investigations on internet broadcasts that contravene broadcasting rules and subsequently facilitate the removal of such content.

According to the regulations, the rules shall apply to all internet broadcasting initiated from, targeted to or received in Lesotho and that are accessible to a large number of internet users and shall not apply to internet broadcasting regarded as private communication.

The regulations describe Internet posts as ‘any message, whether text, picture, video or audio that is placed or uploaded on any internet platform to be accessed by the public, be it on social media or website.

As advocates for online freedoms, we see this move as a direct attack on the online freedoms of many Basotho and an attempt to criminalise free speech and police the online space.

The proposed regulations go against the guarantees on Freedom of Expression in the Constitution of the Kingdom of Lesotho under Article 14 (1)  which states that ‘Every person shall be entitled to, and (except with his own consent) shall not be hindered  in  his  enjoyment  of,  freedom  of  expression,  including  freedom  to  hold opinions   without   interference,   freedom   to   receive   ideas   and   information without  interference,  freedom  to  communicate  ideas  and  information  without interference  (whether  the  communication  be  to  the  public  generally  or  to  any person or class of persons) and freedom from interference with his correspondence.’

Rose Moremoholo a former Media Fellow at Paradigm Initiative notes that the move borders on suppression of people’s freedoms to freely access the internet and information without fear. “Holding power accountable is an element that is being threatened by these rules, we know that internet freedom is a human right and as such should be respected and protected at all costs,” she said. 

In addition, the proposed regulations contradict the principles of the African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedom and Article 19 (2) of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which stipulates that ‘Everyone shall have the right to freedom of expression; this right shall include freedom to seek, receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds, regardless of frontiers, either orally, in writing or in print, in the form of art, or through any other media of his choice.’

We urge the Lesotho Broadcasting Authority to halt this process and withdraw these proposed regulations. Further, we urge the authority to institute consultations with relevant stakeholders in the local internet ecosystem on how best to proceed.

For more information about this statement, please contact: media@paradigmhq.org

 

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