Freedom of Expression

IREX Europe provides assistance and capacity building to media organisations, journalists, media lawyers and civil society organisations (CSOs) focused on media freedom.

Our work in this area includes:

  • Organisational and management capacity building for media lawyers, media organisations and CSOs
  • Legal training for media lawyers and CSOs to increase their ability to defend clients in domestic and international freedom of expression cases. In particular, we have run workshops on European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) procedures in order to encourage cases to be brought to the ECtHR to increase the potential of the court to influence domestic cases.
  • Training for journalists and media organisations in media law.
  • Emergency assistance to media workers, activists and their families during and after persecution to cover medial costs and legal advice.

 

 
 
Fostering the effective implementation of a legal framework conducive to Freedom of Expression, Association and Assembly in Morocco (FEAAM) Fostering the effective implementation of a legal framework conducive to Freedom of Expression, Association and Assembly in Morocco (FEAAM) The overall goal of FEAAM project is to foster the effective implementation of a legal framework conducive to freedom of expression, association and assembly and consistent with international standards and best practices, in Morocco.
Somaliland:  Interactive Theatre for Peace Somaliland: Interactive Theatre for Peace Building upon IREX Europe’s two successful theatre for peace projects in Somaliland, IREX Europe will continue work with its Hargeisa-based partner Kow Media Corporation to promote peaceful dialogue on community issues.
Kenya:  Theatre to Promote Peace and Understanding among Kenyan and Somali communities Kenya: Theatre to Promote Peace and Understanding among Kenyan and Somali communities IREX Europe, in partnership with the Kenyan Community Support Centre, is implementing a project which helps disenfranchised youth address and work through conflict and community tensions using theatre. Our team uses Drama for Conflict Transformation (DCT) which is a special Forum Theatre methodology that creates a safe space allowing discussion of normally taboo subjects such as the drivers of conflict, women’s rights, radical Islam, and many others.
Somaliland:  Interactive Theatre for Peace Somaliland: Interactive Theatre for Peace IREX Europe will continue work with its Hargeisa-based partner Kow Media Corporation to promote peaceful dialogue on community issues. The project, funded by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, targets 48 Somali communities in the 6 regions of Somaliland utilising Drama for Conflict Transformation methodologies. IREX Europe and its partners have successfully implemented the methodology with Somali communities in Kenya, in Indonesia and in Central Asia.
Kenya: Learning theatre to promote peace and understanding among Somali communities Kenya: Learning theatre to promote peace and understanding among Somali communities IREX Europe, in partnership with the Kenyan-based NGO Somali Aid Foundation (SAF), is implementing a project aimed at disenfranchised youth which uses theatre as a vehicle for youth to express their views and frustrations on key issues including poverty, lack of access to education and gender issues, among others. The project targets the Somali youth population in the Nairobi suburb of Eastleigh and in the refugee camp of Hagadera.
Somaliland: Theatre to promote peace and understanding Somaliland: Theatre to promote peace and understanding IREX Europe ran a series of drama-based activities across Somaliland to promote peaceful co-existence. Working with partner Kow Media Corporation from Hargeisa, a drama team travelled through six regions in Somaliland exploring tribalism, radicalisation, community tensions and other drivers of conflict in the region. Following each show, the theatre troupe organised sessions using traditional spontaneous poetry blended with modern discussion techniques to promote critical thinking about Somaliland’s challenges.