Workshop of reflection and exchange on access to information in Guinea

A seminar took place on Wednesday 18 February 2015 at the premises of the Press House in Guinea on access to information and community radio stations in Guinea. The opening ceremony was presided over by Mr Kalifa Conde, representing the National Council for Communication (CNC), in the presence of Mr Alassane Eric Thiam, magistrate, former ambassador and Mrs Sophie Picavet political adviser to the European Union Delegation, Libasse Hane manager of the Governance, projects, representing the Director of the PIWA, and Kabinet Cisse, Executive Director of CECIDE. The department of social affairs was also represented. 

This workshop of reflection and sharing between the media, CSOs and decision-makers was organised bye the Panos Institute West Africa (IPAO) in partnership the International Commerce Centre for Development (CECIDE) as part of the project entitled “Women and media, partners for better governance in West Africa” with the support of the European Union. This project which is being implemented in Benin, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Guinea, and Sierra Leone has the overall objective of reinforcing synergies between countries and between journalists and CSOs (especially women’s CSOs) in order to advance the political participation of citizens, as well as their control over public activities and the accountability of elected officials in West Africa).

The aim of the seminar is to raise awareness among actors in Guinea about the limits identified within the legal framework regarding access to information, the regime of community radio stations and the promotion of gender equality by the media. Clearly, this is to offer a space for discussion and reflection for the formulation of propositions aimed at improving the situation regarding the above problems.

Raising awareness and promoting standards and good practices already existing in the region and beyond, in relation to access to information, the organisation of community radio stations and gender in the media. Working with relevant actors in Guinea to identify a range of recommendations or actions to lead advocacy in each of these areas, and identifying the officials/institutions responsible for advocacy in relation to these actions; or to whom they advocate.

A study was carried out in Guinea in 2014 on access to information, the legal and regulatory framework governing the media, in particular community radio stations and the inclusion of gender within the media (the representation of women in the profession, in the media and in their professional organisations), revealing a number of issues that the current seminar proposes to discuss with participants.

A final declaration by the actors involved is planned for the end of the workshop on Friday 20 February.