Media

The media landscape in West Africa varies from country to country, with nations like Benin, Ghana and Senegal enjoying relatively robust, free and pluralist trusted news environments, while others such as Guinea and Niger are still fledgling in their capacity to investigate, report and remain independent. Media freedom, access to information (ATI) and freedom of information are central tenants in any democratic system. They facilitate transparency and accountability, foster debate and encourage critical discussion. For citizens to be engaged and active participants in the running of their country, they require credible and reliable news. OSIWA’s work on promoting media freedom and access to information includes several successful advocacy initiatives on the adoption of Freedom of Information (FOI) laws in Guinea, Liberia, Niger and Nigeria and Access to Information (ATI) laws in Liberia and Nigeria. However, it is also vital that we go beyond simply adopting laws, to ensure implementation and adherence are respected.

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