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Theme: Upholding Free Speech and Countering Hate Speech:
Striking the Balance

#defyhatenow Cameroon recently held The 2023 Media Leaders’ Forum

Targeted Peace Campaigns

#defyhatenow was initiated in early 2014 by r0g_agency for open culture and critical transformation gGmbH (Berlin), and supported from 2015 through 2018, with means of the German Federal Foreign Office via the ifa/zivik programme for civic conflict resolution as a comprehensive programme “Mobilising Civic Action Against Hate Speech and Directed Social Media Incitement to Violence in South Sudan” and after 2016 including its neighbouring countries Kenya, Uganda and Sudan.

In 2019 the #defyhatenow Community Based Organisation was legally registered in South Sudan, while further crisis intervention initiatives have been introduced in Cameroon, Ethiopia and Sudan.

 #defyhatenow initiative works on providing community-based and data-driven solutions to the problem of hate speech, disinformation and misinformation. Our work focuses on creating a framework for increasing trust between stakeholders through mobilizing civic action against all forms of hate speech and incitement to violence, including through disinformation created via the Covid-19 pandemic. #defyhatenow seeks to support the voices and actions of citizens working against online induced conflict within and outside affected regions by bringing youth, community leaders, grassroots organizations and further civil society stakeholders into a peace-oriented media and information literacy framework. Bridging gaps of knowledge and awareness of social media mechanisms between those with access to technology and those without, #defyhatenow is a growing network of online and offline peacebuilders.

South Sudan

#defyhatenow South Sudan

An urgent community peace-building, training and conflict reconciliation project .



Mobilising Civic Action to Counter Violent Extremism Online and Offline.


#defyhatenow Ethiopia

Hate Speech Mitigation Intervention in Benishangul-Gumuz,

#defyhatenow Focus Areas

Social Media Analysis , Monitoring and Citizen Data

Activism , Art , Campaigns

Open Tech and Emergency Response

Education, Trauma Relief And Psychosocial Support

Policy Development and Political Leadership

#defyhatenow News

Official statement on the killing of the journalist & #AFFCameroon Fellow Anye Ndeh Nsoh

The #defyhatenow community is devastated by the killing of journalist Anye Ndeh Nsoh, an #AFFCameroon (Africa Fact-checking Fellowship Cameroon) Alumnus on May7,2023 in Bamenda; NorthWest Region, Cameroon. Anye was a cohort 7 #AFFCameroon Fellow and a #Media4Peace relay in the NorthWest. He was shot dead by a group of separatist forces at Che Street around 9pm.

Press Release: National Symposium

PRESS RELEASE The Department of Sociology of the University of Yaoundé I, in partnership with the #defyhatenow Initiative implemented by Civic Watch and the Pan-African University, is organising a National Symposium from 10 to 12 May 2023 on the theme: "Hate speech and violence in Cameroon: social genesis, emerging forms and possible responses"

Communique De Presse: Colloque National

COMMUNIQUE DE PRESSE Le Département de Sociologie de l’Université de Yaoundé I, en partenariat avec l’Initiative #defyhatenow Cameroon de l’Association Civic Watch a entrepris d’organiser du 10 au 12 mai 2023 un Colloque national sur le thème : « Discours de haine et violences au Cameroun : genèses sociales, formes émergentes et pistes de réponses »

Forum des Leaders de Médias 2023 , Déclaration des leaders des Medias

Le 28 Avril 2023 s’est tenu à Yaoundé (Cameroun) le Forum des Leaders de Médias 2023 sur le thème "Défendre la liberté d'expression et contrer le discours haineux : Trouver l'équilibre"

Media Leaders’ Declaration on Upholding #FreeSpeech and Countering #HateSpeech

The 2023 Media Leaders’ Forum was held in Yaounde, Cameroon,…

Dossier de Presse – Media Leader’s Forum 2023

Les professionnels des médias ont un rôle impératif à jouer dans la promotion d'un journalisme responsable et éthique qui contribue à la cohésion sociale, au dialogue et à la paix.Ce 28 avril, Civic Watch Cameroon et _r0g / Agency For Open Culture and Critical Transformation, en partenariat avec le Rainforest Center for Policy Research, organiseront un forum d'une journée avec des professionnels des médias visant à analyser les défis et les opportunités liés à la défense de la liberté d'expression et à la lutte contre les discours de haine dans les médias.

Media Leader’s Forum 2023 – Press Release

This April 28, Civic Watch Cameroon and _r0g / Agency For Open Culture and Critical Transformation in partnership with the @Rainforest Center for Policy Research, will host a one-day forum with media professionals aimed at analyzing challenges and opportunities related to defending free expression and combating hate speech in the media.

Celebrating the Woman in a Digital Inclusive World 

For the 38th edition of International Women’s Day in Cameroon,…

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