Nigeria’s Sahara Reporters has been announced as one of the selected media organizations awarded by Omidyar Network, a philanthropic venture firm that invests in both non-profit and for-profit media ventures.
The company received about $450,000 to support their work over a period of three years. During the 3rd plenary session of the 2011 World Press Freedom Day conference in Washington DC, Stephen King, Omidyar Network’s Director of Investments announced that they were awarding about $5 million to four independent media organizations working to foster journalism practice and freedom of expression.
As published on the WPFD’s blog, in a press release, King said, “Omidyar Network believes a healthy government—one that is responsive to its citizens—requires a healthy, robust fourth estate.” He added, “By focusing additional efforts on fostering investigative and citizen journalism, we believe we will be catalyzing transparency efforts that will positively affect millions of people.”
Omoyele Sowore, Saharareporters.com’s founder who served as one of the speakers during the event, said that the grant will help expand the frontiers of their operations adding that the grant also reaffirms that their work at Sahara Reporters is legitimate and innovative. The other organizations that also received the grant include: African Media Initiative, $1.7 million over two years; Media Development Loan Fund, $2 million; and the Committee to Protect Journalists, $800,000.
The Omidyar Network recently funded Enough is Enough Nigeria. To learn more, read this post.