Access to information

Africa: Promoting the right to freedom of expression and access to information

Launch of the Model Law in Banjul on April 12, 2013 The project assisted the Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression in Africa in promoting a model law on freedom of information. Also, it supported research activities and a Pan-African campaign aiming at decriminalising independent news reporting. Read more ›
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Cambodia: Digital innovation for human rights

sithi_hub1a The project promotes secure and professional use of open data and social media. It assists bloggers, human rights activists and computer specialists in setting up a shared training centre. Also, media practitioners are trained in data-driven journalism. Read more ›
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East Africa: Bolstering media self-regulation and right to information

Bolsterin media self-regulation 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. Read more ›
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Ecuador/Colombia: Justice requires information!

justice requires information The project improves access to information for Columbian refugees in Ecuador and provides training for media practitioners in order to ensure conflict-sensitive reporting in the border regions between Columbia and Ecuador. Read more ›
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Guatemala: Knowing the past helps shaping the future

The project “Knowing the past helps shaping the future” facilitates public dialogue in order to encourage justice and reconciliation. Local NGOs conduct thematic events in different locations around the country. They invite young and old to participate in memorial walks, drama workshops, film screenings and talks with contemporary witnesses. Read more ›
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Guatemala: Mensaje Joven – Youth Reporters

youth reporters Guatemala The project helped young people from Guatemala City’s poorest districts to set up a website focusing on life in their own neighbourhoods and on human rights issues. Raising young people’s awareness of their rights and responsibilities has proven to prevent conflict and violence. Read more ›
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Pakistan: Implementing Right to Information Acts – Promoting Data-Driven Journalism

The project promotes dialogue between media professionals and the civil servants at public authorities. The aim is to implement the Right to Information Acts in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in a more user-friendly manner. Public Information Officers receive needs-based training on responding to requests for information. Technical staff in public authorities learn how to publish relevant data on digital platforms. Journalists and media houses acquire the skills to make professional use of the provided data – on issues such as taxes, local planning and budgeting processes, and accountability – in their reporting. In training workshops and by means of subsequent mentoring, media professionals learn how to carry out data-intensive research and prepare clear, data-based stories. Media house managers develop workflows to integrate data-driven journalism into everyday editorial processes.   Read more ›
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Uganda: Let´s Talk About It!

Youth reporters Uganda The project helps young people in Uganda to express their opinions on human rights issues on the radio. At the same time, it supports activities organised by parliamentarians and journalists to improve Uganda’s media legislation. Read more ›
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Zambia: Mapping human rights violations

The project supports the Human Rights Commission Zambia (HRC) in collaborating with civil society organizations to map human rights violations. It particularly focuses on human rights in places of detention and on the freedoms of assembly and opinion. Read more ›
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Access to information is a vital prerequisite for development. The right to seek out information and ideas of all kinds provides a secure platform from which marginalized people in particular can have their say in the public. Laws that meet human rights standards are crucial in order to guarantee unhindered access to information and independent media. Also, digital media and social networks can provide people around the world with new opportunities to inform themselves freely.

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