A group of nine civil society organisations led by Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has urged the Ghanian government to enact Access to Information law, MFWA said in a statement on Monday.
This is part of an on-going campaign led by the Accra-based MFWA to get African states to promote the passage and implementation of Access to Information (ATI) legislation across the continent.
According to MFWA, the civil society groups held a meeting in Johannesburg on 5-6 March and called on countries that were yet to pass access to information law to do so without delay.
The groups further said such countries should use as a standard, the Model Law on Access to Information, developed by the Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information in Africa.
The civil society group that constitutes the Working Group of the African Platform on Access to Information (APAI) is made up of the MFWA, Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA), The Africa Freedom of Information Centre (AFIC), Article 19 – West and East Africa, Highway Africa, African Editors Forum, Media Rights Agenda (MRA), Open Democracy Advisory Centre (ODAC), and International Federation of Journalists (IFJ).