READ: iWatch Africa’s Top 10 Reports in 2021

2021 has been an important year for journalism and evidence based opinion reports despite the challenges COVID-19 has posed to newsrooms across the continent. As the year draws to a close, here are iWatch Africa’s top 10 reports in 2021 that will be still relevant in 2022.

  1. China’s trespassing vessels and the economic impact on Ghana’s fisheries sector   
  2. How Big Tech’s Content Moderation Policies Could Jeopardize Users in Authoritarian Regimes
  3. Garbage Out, Garbage In: How Europe’s e-waste problem is a burden on Africa
  4. Transforming climate finance for debt-distressed economies during COVID-19
  5. EC proposed Carbon Border Adjustment mechanism: Key considerations for Least Developed Countries
  6. Ocean-Climate Nexus: A Blue-Carbon Pathway for West African States
  7. The New Censorship: Why Protecting Journalists Online from Harassment is Critical to Press Freedom
  8. Ghana given ‘Yellow Card’ by the European Commission following iWatch’s investigation on illegal fishing
  9. How the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons (SALWs) is fueling conflicts in West Africa
  10. Gideon Sarpong writes: Ghanaian women journalists face threats, abuse in carrying out mandate

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Gideon Sarpong

Gideon Sarpong is a policy analyst and media practitioner with close to a decade of experience in policy, data and investigative journalism. Gideon is a co-founder of iWatch Africa. He is an author; a fellow of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), Thomson Reuters Foundation, Commonwealth Youth Program ,Free Press Unlimited and Bloomberg Data for Health Initiative. Gideon is the founder of Sustainable Ocean Alliance Ghana. He was a 2021 Policy Leader Fellow at the European University Institute, School of Trans-national Governance in Florence, Italy and 2020/21 Open Internet For Democracy Leader. Gideon was also a 2022 Visiting Scholar/Reuters Fellow at the University of Oxford, UK and was selected as a 2022 TRF/Trust Conference Changemaker. He is currently the Africa Regional Cordinator for Environmental Justice Foundation and a 2023 Pulitzer ORN Fellow. Email:
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