Support freedom of speech! Sahara Reporters is a community of international journalists and social advocates with an overriding commitment to seeking the truth and publishing it without fear or favor.
SaharaReporters is an outstanding, groundbreaking website that encourages citizen journalists to report ongoing corruption and government malfeasance in Nigeria. Using photos, text, and video dynamically, the site informs and prompts concerned Nigerians and other human rights activists globally to act, denouncing officially-sanctioned corruption, the material impoverishment of its citizenry, defilement of the environment, and the callous disregard of the democratic principles enshrined in the constitution.
In the context of Africa's generally unfree press, either government-controlled, censored, or cripplingly underfunded, this internet format has whetted hopes among an international following of Nigerians and others that information will lead to change. The site presents users with a wide range of rare documents, analyses, commentaries, interviews, and reader input and debate, updated daily. It is a reference point not only for Nigerians but for international media which frequently visit the site and request photos and story leads. Launched in 2006, the site now receives over 2 million page views per month.
SaharaReporters addresses the critical need for information without which citizens are unable to judge their public officials, their local leaders, political parties. The website supplies this critical information, posting exclusive rarely-seen documents, videos, photos, reports, diverse opinions, commentaries, and analyses, engaging not only academics and researchers but ordinary citizens and the new online community of Nigerians in country and in the diaspora. The site itself is a challenge to business as usual, asking why a country rich in resources cannot manage to provide basic services, educate its youth, enforce its laws and preserve its environment.
In its beginning days, SaharaReporters was a one-man operation, working from home, self-funded. The website now receives reader support, attracts dozens of writers, citizen journalists, video reporters, and is widely known and highly praised among Nigerians everywhere. The director/publisher has faced and continues to resist government efforts to shut the site down. It routinely breaks stories before mainstream commercial media has had a chance to publish a piece. Its now sizable number of contacts in the region was instrumental in obtaining the first photo of the Nigerian bombing suspect - a photo that was used by CNN, CBS, Reuters among others.
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