Malkia Devich-Cyril

Lead founder and former Executive Director


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Malkia Devich-Cyril is an award-winning writer and public speaker on issues of digital rights, narrative power, Black liberation and collective grief, as well as the lead founder and former Executive Director of MediaJustice — a national hub boldly advancing racial justice, rights, and dignity in a digital age. After more than 10 years of organizational leadership, Devich-Cyril now serves as a Senior Fellow at Media Justice.

Devich-Cyril is also a sci-fi nerd, a communications strategist, a veteran in the movement for digital rights and freedom, a leader in the movement for Black lives, and the widowed spouse of comedian and editor Alana Devich-Cyril, who died following an intense two year battle with advanced cancer.

In 2002, Malkia Devich Cyril helped coin the term “Media Justice,” and in 2019, declared that one significant goal of the Media Justice movement was to “fight for a future where we are all connected, represented and free.”

For more than 20 years, Devich-Cyril has organized communities of color and other under-represented groups against media bias and for an open and affordable internet, the abolition of discriminatory high-tech law enforcement, and accountable tech platforms and companies, among other human rights safeguards in a digital age.

Devich-Cyril is a regular spokesperson on issues of media, technology, and race and has been featured in publications like Politico, Motherboard, Essence Magazine, and three documentary films, including the Oscar-nominated 13TH, directed by Ava DuVernay. Devich-Cyril is a recipient of the 2012 Donald H. McGannon Award for work to advance the roles of women and people of color in the media reform movement, a 2013 Prime Movers fellow, winner of the 2015 Hugh Hefner 1st Amendment Award for framing net neutrality as a civil rights issue, winner of the 2016 Electronic Frontier Pioneer award, a YBCA 100 honoree, and a 2017 Root 100 honoree.

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