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

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.

The Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression has been employed since 2004. Her mandate is to analyse the various national media laws, visit countries to promote freedom of opinion, and publicly intervene where rights are violated.

Further Readings
The Model Law on Access to Information: A First for Africa

The Model Law on Access to Information: A First for Africa

The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights adopted the ‘Model Law on Access to Information for Africa’ in April 2013. It is the first model law ever to be adopted by the commission. The law provides detailed and practical information on the l...
Pan-African campaign: Decriminalising independent media reporting

Pan-African campaign: Decriminalising independent media reporting

As part of an ongoing Pan-African campaign against criminal defamation and insult laws, the project supported regional stakeholder meetings in Eastern and Southern Africa. The meetings on "Decriminalisation of laws limiting freedom of expression and ...

 

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Project Overview

Project NamePromoting the right to freedom of opinion and access to information in Africa
CountryAfrica, regional project
ObjectiveResources and consulting services are available to partners, enabling them to develop national legislation on freedom of information
Target groupsAfricans, who will benefit from improvements in legislation governing freedom of opinion and access to information
PartnersSpecial Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information from the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights, Centre for Human Rights, Pretoria
Pilot phaseMarch 2013 - March 2014
BudgetEUR 100,000
LinksSpecial Rapporteur FOE in Africa Centre for Human Rights Pretoria Implementing GIZ Programme Article 19 East Africa

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