Regional Perspectives on Media & Freedom of Information Laws in Africa. By Edet Ojo Executive Director Media Rights Agenda, Lagos. Focus of Presentation. This presentation focuses on 2 ongoing regional initiatives: An initiative aimed at defending & protecting FoE/Media Freedom in Africa
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By Edet Ojo
Executive DirectorMedia Rights Agenda, Lagos
This presentation focuses on 2 ongoing regional initiatives:
The various forms & manifestations of repressive media laws include:
1. Every individual shall have the right to receive information
2. Every individual shall have the right to express and disseminate his opinions within the law.
The mandate of the Special Rapporteur include to:
Ms Pansy Tlakula
P. O. Box 7943
Pretoria, 0001, South Africa.
Tel. +27 12 428-5516
Fax. +27 12 428-5592
Currently, only a handful of countries in Africa have FOI laws:
At the moment, there are a number of draft FOI laws in different stages of progress in various African countries, including:
FOI is also in various stages of discussion, although no drafts are under consideration in:
There was consensus at the workshop on a number of issues, including:
It was also observed that many organizations in the region working on FOI issues require assistance:
The Africa Freedom of Information Centre was therefore established to meet these needs, in the hope that it can serve as: