Tuesday, March 26, 2013
MFWA to ‘Name and Shame’ Countries with Bad Conditions of Freedom of Expression
The Gambia and the rest of the 15 West African countries will be rated and analyze on the conditions of freedom of expression in respective of their countries next year 2014, The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) says.
The annual rating which will be called West Africa Freedom of Expression Index will rank all 16 West African countries in partnership with the US-based freedom of expression (FoE) advocacy organisation, MFWA said in a press released
This rating will be based on an in-depth assessment of each country’s conditions of press freedom, internet freedom, freedom of association and assembly, religious freedom, artistic freedom, among others.
The MFWA is a regional independent, non-profit, non-governmental organization based in Accra. It was founded in 1997 to defend and promote the freedom of the media and of expression.
“The development of the Annual West Africa Freedom of Expression Index is an initiative of the MFWA to further create awareness about freedom of expression situations in the region and to ‘name and shame’ countries with bad conditions as a way of putting pressure on them to reform” it stated.
According to the released, a two day experts' meeting will be held later this month to discuss, develop and adopt a suitable methodology in Accra ahead of the rating.
" The experts, who will be drawn from West Africa and the United States, will also identify and discuss the specific indicators and weighting system to be used in rating the 16 countries" it stated
Author: By Binta A Bah