The Gambia Press Union in collaboration with the Civil Society Coalition on Access to Information, on Thursday began a two-day seminar on Access to Information in Elections for 45 media professionals and civil society activists.
The Gambia Press Union on Thursday began a two-day training of staff of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) and members of the Gambia Police Force and the Gambia Armed Forces on Access to Information and Elections.
The Gambia Press Union and the Civil Society Coalition on Access to Information welcome the passing of the Access to Information Bill 2021 by the National Assembly on Thursday, July 1, 2021.
If the Bill is granted presidential assent, it will be the first time in the history of The Gambia for right of access to information to be legally recognized as a human right. Globally, over 120 countries have such legislation and The Gambia has become the last country in English-speaking West Africa to have one.
Friday, July 2, 2021:
The Goodluck Jonathan Foundation (GJF) and Media Rights Agenda (MRA)
have commended The Gambia’s National Assembly for passing the country’s
Access to Information Bill 2021 into Law yesterday, July 1, 2021 and
called on President Adama Barrow to speedily sign the Bill into Law to
consolidate the restoration of participatory democracy in the country
which began with his ascension to power in 2017, following the historic
elections of December 2016.
The Civil Society Coalition on Access to Information commends President Adama Barrow for signing into law the Access to Information (ATI) Bill, after it was passed by the National Assembly on 1st July, this year.
28 September is the International Day for Universal Access to Information (IDUAI), and this year’s theme focuses on the importance of ATI laws for building strong institutions.