Global Freedom of Expression

Fatou Jagne Senghor

Fatou Jagne Senghor has more than 10 years of experience working on human rights and freedom of expression around Africa. She is based in Senegal, worked and lived in France, Gambia, UK and South Africa. She joined ARTICLE 19 in February 2002 and worked in the Africa office in Johannesburg, South Africa until 2004. She is currently based in Senegal where she established and heads ARTICLE19 West Africa regional office in 2010. She works with governments, African intergovernmental bodies and NGOs on media law/ policies and freedom of expression issues in Africa, conducting investigative missions, conducting national and regional training, advocacy, litigate on behalf of victims of human rights violations and writes on human rights and Freedom of expression in Africa. Fatou coordinated the advocacy work for the adoption of the Declaration of Principles on Freedom of Expression in African by the African Commission on Human Rights in 2002 and has spearheaded the development of the framework for the establishment of the mechanisms of a Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression in Africa (2005). She also chaired the Working group on access to information in African (2011 to 2013). She led the coordination and drafting of many NGOs recommendations and resolutions before the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights. She was programme adviser on the reform of the National Media Commission of Ghana (from August 2012 to January 2014).