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Meedan partners with Go Local and Egyptian Democratic Academy for Egypt citizen journalism training

As part of our ongoing project in support of citizen media verification in the Middle East, Meedan is currently running a series of training workshops for citizen journalists in Egypt. From the outset, we knew that for our training to be a valuable resource for Egypt’s citizen journalists, we would need to reach beyond the Cairo megalopolis.

To help us with our outreach to citizen journalist and training logistics for our workshops outside of Cairo, we found two fabulous partners working on truly inspiring projects in Egypt’s governorates:

Go Local, or Sa7afet Welad Elbalad is a project working to develop independent local media outlets outside of Cairo. Since its beginnings in Spetember 2011, Go Local has established four multi-platform media outlets, in Alexandria, Mansoura, Naga Hamadi and Dishna, providing everything from journalism training to capacity development.

Here’s an example of their fabulous work: Welad el-Balad produced in the Delta city of Mansoura:


For more about Go Local, check out their beautiful website: and follow them on Twitter (@Sa7afetElBalad) and Facebook (

The Egyptian Democratic Academy is a non-profit organization working in support of freedom, democracy and human rights. EDA’s offices throughout Egypt work on a variety of programmes, from running ElMa7rousa Radio to running crowdsourced election monitoring projects such as U-Shahid. You can find their website here: and follow on Facebook (

We would like to express our sincere thanks to both partner organizations, and also to Tahrir Lounge, who recently hosted our trainers’ gathering and our Cairo training workshop. It is an honour to work with such exciting and inspiring projects, with whom we share so many common goals and values.