At Media Defence, we publish an annual ‘learning report’. This report compiles the variety of internal and external evaluations we undertake each year in order to understand the effectiveness and relevance of our programmes. We also do this to explore the impact of legal defence for journalists, in an increasingly contracting space for media freedom globally.
We are committed to transparency and wish to share the lessons and findings from our evaluations with our supporters. This year’s learning report includes a summary of the following programme and project evaluations carried out in 2021:
- Strategic Output and Outcome Indicators
- Journalist Impact Survey 2021
- Environmental Impact Assessment
- Lawyer Impact Survey 2021
- Partner Evaluation: Media Foundation for West Africa
- Litigation Surgery Monitoring and Evaluation
2021 was the second year in our 2020 – 2024 organisational strategy which seeks to increase our impact, ensuring more journalists and independent media have access to affordable legal support. We provided support in 124 new cases, decreased the speed of approval for our emergency defence grants, and increased the amount of strategic cases we took on. Over 90% of cases come from countries with ‘Difficult,’ Very Serious’ or ‘Problematic’ ranking by RSF’s 2021 World Press Freedom Index.
This year we continued to increase our response rate for the Journalist Impact Survey, from 54% in 2020 to 66% in 2021. 100% of respondents said they would recommend our support.
As part of our Digital Rights Advocates Project, we supported lawyers to hold 7 litigation surgeries in three languages. We also worked with one of our partners to carry out an evaluation on the work that took place under the grant.
We additionally undertook an internal evaluation of our Environmental Impact, and continue to consider our impact in light of the well-established link between climate change and human rights.
Read the full report here.
Call for Consultants: Update of Training Materials on Freedom of Expression in South and Southeast Asia
Purpose of the consultancy contract This is a call for consultants to review and update eleven existing training modules on freedom of expression in South and Southeast Asia. Background Media Defence’s vision is a world where journalists no longer face legal challenges that threaten their ability to report freely and independently on issues of public […]
Media Defence et l’Impact Lab pour l’Etat de droit de Stanford Law School saisissent la Cour de justice de la CEDEAO contre les coupures d’internet ordonnées par l’Etat sénégalais
Le recours au nom d’AfricTivistes et de deux journalistes sénégalais vise à obtenir des mesures provisoires pour empêcher de nouvelles coupures d’Internet READ IN ENGLISH Dakar, le 13 février 2024 – Media Defence et le Rule of Law Impact Lab de la Stanford Law School ont déposé un recours devant la Cour de justice […]
Media Defence and SLS’s Rule of Law Impact Lab File Case Before ECOWAS Court Challenging Senegal Internet Shutdowns
Filing on behalf of AfricTivistes and Two Senegalese Journalists Seeks Interim Measures to Prevent Internet Shutdowns. READ IN FRENCH Dakar, February 13, 2024 – Media Defence and the Rule of Law Impact Lab at Stanford Law School have filed a lawsuit before the Community Court of Justice of the Economic Community of West […]