The project supported journalist associations, public officials and civil society in strengthening media self-regulation and implementing access to information laws in East Africa. The East Africa Office of “Article 19″ conducted the activities in close cooperation with local partners in Rwanda, Uganda and South Sudan.
In Rwanda and South Sudan, journalist associations were assisted in revising their codes of ethics according to international standards. In Uganda and Rwanda, civil society representatives and journalists were trained in demanding access to government held information by filing requests to public bodies. Public officials learned how to handle information requests by citizens and journalists in a professional manner. Follow-up workshops scrutinized the achievements and challenges both target groups are experiencing.