East Africa: Bolstering media self-regulation and right to information

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.

Further Readings
Implementing the Access to Information Law in Rwanda

Implementing the Access to Information Law in Rwanda

ARTICLE 19 Eastern Africa assisted in the development of the "Law on Access to Information" in Rwanda, which was finally adopted in March 2013. In a second step, the organization promoted its implementation by sensitising both government and civil soc...
Strengthening right to information in Uganda

Strengthening right to information in Uganda

ARTICLE 19 Eastern Africa twice went to Entebbe, Uganda. The first time was in November, 2013 to train government officers and civil society actors on the Access to Information (ATI) Act 2005 and its Operational Guidelines 2011. The second time was in A...
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Project Overview

Project NameBolstering media self-regulation and right to information
CountryUganda/Rwanda/South Sudan
ObjectiveThe general public, civil society organisations, and the media demand and use their right to information to gain access to government held information
Target groupsCivil society organisations, public officials, media
PartnersArticle 19, Journalist associations, right to information coalitions
Pilot phaseOctober 2013 - October 2014
BudgetEUR 150,000
LinksArticle 19 East Africa HURINET MING ARJ RGB Ombudsman RW RMC HIM

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