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An Associate Legal Officer of the Open Society Justice Initiative (OSJI), Maxwell Kadiri, has said there is a growing recognition of the right to information as part of the practice of democracy in Africa.
He said while laws exists in this regard, implementation in practical terms has been the challenge because many governments feel the less the people know, the better for them to perpetuate themselves in office.
The United States Embassy in Cote d’Ivoire has placed emphasis on the training of personnel of the local media in the West African nation emerging from a bloody post-election conflict.
To implement the training American experts are in Abidjan, the capital, to help build the knowledge Ivorian journalists, including those from local community radios ahead of next year’s local elections.
Over 80 stakeholders from West and Central Africa are attending a Regional Consultation on National Security and Freedom of Information convening in the Senegalese capital, Dakar.
The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) says it is “deeply concerned” about the recent spate of attacks targeted at the media in Guinea, considering that within one month, two politicians have attacked two radio stations, while party militants continue to assault journalists.
The Foundation said in a statement Tuesday that it was reiterating its call on the authorities to be critical of these attacks and safeguard the lives and rights of journalists and media personnel in Guinea.
Ahead of Ghana’s presidential and general elections in less than five months, the Ghana Independent Broadcasters Association (GIA) has launched a code of conduct for Journalists during the 2012 polls.
Armed, masked assailants abducted and beat a veteran journalist in Mali on Thursday, leaving him with a broken hand and other injuries. And the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has condemned “this brutal attack on Saouti Labass Haïdara and are deeply concerned that it comes in retaliation for L'Indépendant's critical reporting."
Human Rights Watch (HWR) has called on authorities in Ivory Coast to ensure that the 41 suspected Ivorian dissidents extradited from Liberia on June 23 are given the due process of law, access to lawyer and that their rights are respected.
Children in Sierra Leone have been debating whether television is doing more harm than good to the society, with positions being divided.
A ”survivor” of domestic violence on why
The world today seems to be desperately in search of genuine peace, which is often elusive.
Well, an African female author, artist and domestic violence counselor, Queen Love (formerly Aminata Touray), has traced the source of the problem to absence of genuine love and broken homes worldwide.
By William Selmah/WADR News in Banjul
Anglophone West African journalists have called for deeper collaboration in the sub-region in creating the needed awareness to combat money laundering and terrorist financing.