Campaign for Access to Information in Swaziland

By MkhosiB | August 15th, 2012

OSISA awarded a grant to the Media Institute for Southern Africa - Swaziland to mount a successful campaign for the passing of access to information legislation which would lead to transparency and accountability in public institutions, enhanced media freedom, and increased citizen participation in governance issues.

In this respect, MISA seeks to work with CANGO and the Swaziland Press Club to facilitate open forums for critical engagement on key issues in the country. This policy and research grant ties in with the Media and ICTs Programme strategic goal to support the development of media policies that promotes access, democracy and human rights across the region.

The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA Swaziland) was established in 1996 with the aim of promoting free, independent and pluralistic media, as envisaged in the 1991 Windhoek Declaration.

MISA Swaziland is a member of the MISA Trust, coordinated by a regional secretariat based in Windhoek, Namibia. The overall strategic goal of MISA Swaziland is “a free, independent, pluralistic, sustainable, accountable media environment in Swaziland in which civil society is empowered to claim information and access to it as unalienable rights and in which the resultant freer information flow strengthens democracy by enabling more informed citizen participation”.

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