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African Platform celebrates first INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR UNIVERSAL ACCESS TO INFORMATION

African Platform celebrates first INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR UNIVERSAL ACCESS TO INFORMATION

Statement by African Platform on Access to Information Working Group Congratulations on the first official INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR UNIVERSAL ACCESS TO INFORMATION The African Platform on Access to Information (APAI) Working Group would like to officially thank all government partners, civil society members, and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) for making this momentous occasion possible.This day was celebrated for over a...

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MISA launches 2016 Transparency Report

MISA launches 2016 Transparency Report

A Citizen’s View on Government Openness: MISA launches its 2016 Transparency Assessment On 28 September, in commemoration of the first International Day of Universal Access to Information (IDUAI) since UNESCO’s official declaration of the day, the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) will launch its annual Transparency Assessment. The publication seeks to establish the ease or difficulty with which citizens in southern Africa can access public...

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Namibian FOI campaigners gear up for consultations on national access to information law

Namibian FOI campaigners gear up for consultations on national access to information law

The Access to Information in Namibia (ACTION) Coalition today commended Namibia’s Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (MICT) for earnestly initiating the process of drafting both an access to information (ATI) law and updating the information policy for Namibia. This comes against the backdrop of MICT authorities having released for consultation and discussion both a draft ATI working document and a draft of the revised National Information...

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Access to Information campaigners appeal against downgrading of World Bank’s FOI Programme

Access to Information campaigners appeal against downgrading of World Bank’s FOI Programme

The African Platform on Access to Information (APAI) Working Group and other civil society organisations working on freedom of information around the globe have written to World Bank President Jim Yong Kim to express their concern about reports that the World Bank has significantly downgraded its capacity to pursue a global right to information agenda. The APAI Working Group and its campaign partners have expressed fears that without access...

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#WHK25: From resolutions to reality – Tlakula

#WHK25: From resolutions to reality – Tlakula

Rights such as freedom of expression and access to information are often associated with journalists, but they belong to everyone. It takes strong commitment to ensure they become reality, not just words on paper. 2016 is a significant year for Africa. It marks the 30th anniversary of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights and the 25th anniversary of the Windhoek Declaration on press...

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Access to Information in Africa – AFEX urges Governments to do more

Access to Information in Africa – AFEX urges Governments to do more

As the World marks Press Freedom Day today under the theme, “Access to Information and Fundamental Freedoms: This is your Right!” the African Freedom of Expression Exchange (AFEX) network wishes to highlight the situation of Access to Information (ATI) on the continent. Access to Information (ATI) has been recognised as an important anti-corruption tool and a cornerstone for development. When citizens have access to information,...

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MISA applauds investigative journalists, whistleblowers on ‘Panama Papers’ exposé

MISA applauds investigative journalists, whistleblowers on ‘Panama Papers’ exposé

The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) applauds the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) who coordinated the efforts of hundreds of journalists and news agencies from around in an investigation that has culminated in the release of the ‘Panama Papers – Politicians, Criminals and the Rogue Industry that Hides Their Cash’. The investigation lifts the lid on how offshore companies are used by the...

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ATI advocates celebrate Cabinet approval of Malawi’s draft ATI Bill

ATI advocates celebrate Cabinet approval of Malawi’s draft ATI Bill

A coalition of access to information advocates have lauded Cabinet for approving Malawi’s draft Access to Information Bill. The coalition comprising MISA Malawi, the Journalists Union of Malawi (JUMA), Citizens for Justice (CFJ) and the Open Democracy Advice Centre (ODAC) made the following statement at a press conference on February 19, 2016. Ends/ …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… MISA is a regional non-governmental organisation with members in 11 of...

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MISA Malawi, MCM appeal to Government to review its position on ATI and MPs to reject current version of Bill

MISA Malawi, MCM appeal to Government to review its position on ATI and MPs to reject current version of Bill

MISA Malawi and the Media Council of Malawi (MCM) would like to appeal to government to review its position on the just-gazetted Access to Information (ATI) Bill which, in its current form, undermines rather than promotes the right to information as provided for in Section 37 of the Malawi Constitution. MISA-Malawi and the MCM observe that the ATI Bill gazetted by the government on February...

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MISA Malawi commends Malawi Cabinet for approving the ATI Bill

MISA Malawi commends Malawi Cabinet for approving the ATI Bill

The Malawi Chapter of the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA-Malawi) has commended government for approving the draft Access to Information Bill. The approval paves the way for the Bill to be tabled in Parliament, which starts sitting Monday, February 22, 2016. Cabinet approved the Bill during a Cabinet meeting Friday, February 12, 2016 almost two months after sending it back to Cabinet Committee on...

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