Access to information

Proposed by the Federation of African Journalists (FAJ)

The World Congress of the International Federation of Journalists, meeting in Angers from June 7th to 10th 2016,

considering the predominance of press freedom-killing laws on the African continent;

noting with great concern the serious shortcomings in the governance of many African States and a difficult access for journalists to public information sources;

recognising the strong determination of people in general and non-State actors to have access to information in real time;

Congress:

  1. urges African States which have not done it until now to enact swiftly laws on access to information;
  2. asks the IFJ Executive Committee and General Secretary to organise, to this end, in co-operation with FAJ high-level discussions and meetings with the African Union Commission;
  3. invites the IFJ new Administrative Committee to develop strategic partnerships with States or bodies involved in this issue with a view to supporting the African trade unions fighting for access to information.

Carried unanimously