West African governments must prioritise safety of journalists, access to information
March 24, Freetown: Leading media development and free expression organisations in West Africa have called on governments in the region to prioritise the safety of journalists and access to information. At the just-ended West Africa Conference on Media and Participatory Governance, participants deplored the continuous attacks on journalists and the impunity with which such crimes are committed.
Participants also noted with concern that many more countries in the region have yet to pass right to information laws to guarantee access to information for citizens.
This was contained in a communiqué issued at the end of the conference, which was organized by the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) in Accra on March 15, 2016.
The conference brought together representatives from freedom of expression and media development organisations from 15 countries in West Africa, ECOWAS, UN agencies, diplomats and other civil society stakeholders with the aim of identifying key challenges in the areas of freedom of expression and the role of the media to promote good governance, regional integration and peace in West Africa.
The conference was carried out with support from the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA), fesmedia Africa, the Embassy of the United States of America in Ghana and Global Partners Digital.
The Oslo Times