This program aims at promoting freedom of expression and safety of journalists Uganda and beyond. While recognizing that the problems facing independent media are complex and interlinked this program directly support marginalized and ethnic communities to express their views and interests through active participation in media broadcasting. This program involves training citizen journalists and actively involving them in community broadcasting.
This program is building the capacity of communities to advocate for their rights in general (not only the right to freedom of expression), strengthen independent media networks and bolster media diversity. The program involves training Radio Producers and Presenters to implement a community learning program focused on participatory and interactive engagement with community members, as well as empowering poor populations, especially women and girls, to exercise freedom of expression and opinion, and be heard in the public debate. NAFODU organizes safety training courses for journalists who are regularly covering news events that put them at risk and danger. NAFODU supports the establishment of networks/coalitions of Journalists. This provides opportunities for Journalists to network and avoids possible threats and risks. NAFODU organizes training workshops for officials from state authorities on safety and protection of Journalists. NAFODU organizes training workshops for Community leaders on safety and protection of Journalists.
NAFODU provides small grants to journalists and Media Associations working in rural communities of Uganda. Grants for Media Associations are for the Capacity-building while grants to individual journalists are for buying equipment like cameras, recording devices, bulletproof jackets, bulletproof Helmets, Computers and Mobile phones. NAFODU provides relocation grants to threatened journalists plans to establish a safety Fund for Journalists.