Teldah Mawarire is the projects director at Internews which is part of the Advancing Rights in Southern Africa consortium. The consortium includes Freedom House, Internews, Pact and American Bar Association. They have just completed a report on the effects of COVID-19 on freedom of expression and on the reporting on Covid-19 in Southern Africa.
Mawarire is a former editor and journalist and has done research into freedom of expression, access to information and migration. A feminist and human rights defender. Through her work for the global civil society organisation Civicus, Mawarire has supported human rights defenders to access mechanisms and engage the African Union, the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights and at the United Nations Human Rights Council. A recent opinion piece on media ethics in a time of Covid-19 by Mawarire was published this month by the Ethical Journalism Network.