#WestAfricaLeaks Collaboration Released

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) and the the Cellule Norbert Zongo for Investigative Reporting in West Africa (Cenozo) launched a series of reports which analyzed more than 27.5 million documents. It is the largest collaboration of investigative journalists in the region – with reporters from 11 countries -- and sheds light on West Africa’s economy and the offshore system. After more than three years of revelations, the ICIJ and Cenozo explored, from a regional perspective, years of leaks that include the Panama Papers, Paradise Papers, Offshore Leaks and Swiss Leaks.

Source: Cenozo

Posted on: May 22, 2018

Landmark Judgement for Gambian Media

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) delivered a landmark judgment this week, finding the rights of four journalists had been violated by Gambian authorities. The judgment recognized that the country’s criminal laws on libel, sedition and false news interfere with the rights of Gambian journalists, directing that the country “immediately repeal or amend” the laws in line with its obligations under international law.  The exiled journalists -- Fatou Camara, Fataou Jaw Manneh, Alhagie Jobe and Lamin Fatty -- had been arrested and detained by authorities, later fleeing the country out of fear of further persecution.

Source: Media Defence

Posted on: February 15, 2018

Africa makes freedom of information gains

The last decade has witnessed a rapid increase in the adoption of Access to Information laws throughout Africa, with only one law passed in 2000 to 11 in 2013. But each country has experienced varying levels of implementation, demonstrating a need for greater regional guidance.

Source: IFEX

Posted on: June 10, 2013