Afrikagrupperna has decided to give the solidarity award 2019 to Equipe Media for their tireless work to document human rights abuses. Journalists and activists in media group Equipe Media risk their lives and lives of their families by reporting about the situation in Western Sahara, occupied by Morocco. There is a total absence of press freedom and it is one of world’s most dangerous places for reporters, in particular for Sahrawi reporters.
Equipe Media was founded in 2009 and use a non-violent method to break the information blockade. Its members work in secrecy with documenting abuses of human rights in the occupied Western Sahara. They follow and report from public demonstrations, police raids, arrests and trials. Their films and photographs are spread to international human rights organisations and give evidence of the violent acting of the Moroccan security forces against the Sahrawi population.
The occupied Western Sahara is in practice inaccessible for international media and human rights observers. Several foreign journalists and observers have either been expelled from the area or denied entry. Equipe Media has helped the few that has managed to get into Western Sahara.
MINURSO, the UN troop employed there for decades to monitor a referendum (continuously postponed by Morocco), is the only UN intervention that lacks authority to report on crimes against human rights. Without international observers, Sahrawi informants are the source of documentation of the daily abuses. Equipe Media plays a key role in disseminating information about Western Sahara to the rest of the world.
Afrikagrupperna has decided to give this year’s solidarity award to Equipe Media since we see their work as true actions of solidarity. With their brave actions to document human rights abuses and spread the collected information worldwide, Equipe Media work towards an end of the occupation and to improve the living conditions of the Sahrawi people.
Dec. 10, 2019
To learn more
Sofia Wallgren, Afrikagrupperna
Tel. 072-076 74 00