Africa Freedom of Information Centre (AFIC)
Articles by Africa Freedom of Information Centre (AFIC)

Gilbert Sendugwa, executive director of Africa Freedom of Information Centre, charts the milestone to the proclamation for Universal Access to Information Day and why ATI legislation is critical.

28 civil society groups are calling on the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights to broaden rather than limit civil society observation and participation in its activities.

Zimbabweans celebrate after President Robert Mugabe resigns in Harare, Zimbabwe, 21 November 2017, REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

Major strides towards fighting impunity in The Gambia, US journalist Martha O’Donovan charged with subversion in Zimbabwe as Mugabe resigns, Guinea’s clampdown on free expression, and more in our November roundup of free expression issues in Africa.

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Within the past year, the government of Cameroon has shut down the internet in its attempt to clamp down on demonstrations in English-speaking regions of the country.

A woman buys the final issue of The Cambodia Daily newspaper at a store along a street in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, September 4, 2017. , REUTERS/Samrang Pring

IFEX members join 55 NGOs in an open call to the international community to reconvene the Paris Peace Conference in light of its 26th anniversary and worsening attacks on democracy in Cambodia.

Ghana President elect Nana Akufo-Addo, of the New Patriotic Party, smiles on being declared the winner of the presidential election in Accra, Ghana, Friday, Dec. 9, 2016., Sunday Alamba / AP

34 NGOs call on the government of Ghana to ensure its citizens’ right to access to information.

A still image taken from a video shot on 1 October 2017, shows protesters waving Ambazonian flags in front of a road block in the English-speaking city of Bamenda, Cameroon, REUTERS/via Reuters TV

AFEX has denounced the brutality of Cameroon’s security forces against unarmed civilians, reportedly killing 12 people and injuring many more in the country’s English-speaking regions, as well as the government’s decision to shut down the internet for the second time this year amidst protests.

A woman uses a mobile phone to make photographs in Nigeria's northern city of Kano, 1 September 2017, REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye

September saw protests and internet disruptions in Togo and Cameroon, an initiative to increase gender diversity in Nigeria’s tech and media community, and an access to information report that could help countries work towards the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.