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Kwame Karikari

Kwame Karikari,
Board Member

Kwame Karikari is currently a professor in Journalism and Mass Communication at the School of Communication Studies in the University of Ghana. He founded in 1997  the Media Foundation for West Africa, a press freedom/freedom of expression advocacy and promotion organization based in Accra, Ghana, and served as its executive director until December 2013. The MFWA covers all 15 countries in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and Mauritania.  The MFWA engages in media law reform, legal defense of journalists, press freedom monitoring, and in protection for persecuted journalists.

He has been for several years, a professor in journalism and mass communication at the School of Communication Studies at the University of Ghana.  He has also been involved in training journalists in several countries in Africa over the years.

Prior to that and during all those years, he practiced as a journalist, including serving as director general of the public Ghana Broadcasting Corporation in the early 1980s.

He has also been an activist pursuing social justice and human rights causes, in Africa, including democratic reforms in Ghana.

He serves on the boards of a number of African and international media rights organizations and on the editorial boards of a number of academic publications.

He was educated at the City College of New York and Columbia University in New York.