The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) is organizing a one-day workshop for investigative and anti-corruption reporters in Liberia and Sierra Leone, on July 29 and August 1, respectively.
The one-day workshops will strengthen journalists’ capacities to use access to information laws to improve investigations and story development. The workshops will comprise interactive sessions from seasoned media professionals, experience sharing and group works. Specifically, participants will reflect on how to use the law on access to information to secure factual information to advance their work.
“Access to information laws provides investigative journalists with the right to seek, request and receive information. Building journalists’ capacities to effectively use Access to Information laws to secure information that advances their journalism practices is an arsenal to their advantage,” said Adizatu Moro Maiga, Programme Officer at the MFWA.
The workshops will also see the launch of a manual on access to information for journalists in the two countries. These manuals are a practical guide on how to use access to information laws to secure credible information. The manuals provide an easy understanding of information about Access to Information laws (ATI) laws and how they can be used to secure information.
The workshops form part of the MFWA’s project on “Enhancing Press Freedom, Women’s Digital Rights and Accountable Governance in Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone” which is being supported by the Dutch Foreign Ministry through the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Ghana.