Political, Legal & Economic Framework

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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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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Georgia: Media self-regulation through political and legal education

124135 The media in Georgia are thriving. But a lot of journalists lack the individual capacities, the time and resources to undertake serious investigations and fulfil professional reporting standards. This jeopardises their independence and puts the quality of their coverage into question. Read more ›
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Rwanda: Promoting media reform

youth summit The project promotes freedom of expression and supports the media reform process in Rwanda. Particular assistance is provided to the newly established Rwanda Media Commission (RMC). Read more ›
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Togo: Radio at the heart of the community

Radio moderator in action for "Radio Mobile" The media provide comprehensive information on all matters of public concern, don’t they? At least if they want to be a force to be reckoned with in democratic and participatory processes. But what is the precondition for media in general and radio in particular to be able to highlight an issue from different perspectives? Right, they have to be financially independent. Read more ›
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Media self-regulation through media ethics and independent media councils instead of government regulation plays an important role in holding journalists to account. Economic independence, on the contrary, has a significant effect on the relevance, impartiality and quality of media reports. And freedom of information is a vital precondition to obtaining relevant data journalists need to substantiate their reports. Both legal and economic conditions thus determine journalistic freedom. Only if editorial independence and access to information is guaranteed will the media be able to act as an intermediary facilitating and informing dialogue between state institutions and citizens.

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