The right of access to information is a fundamental freedom and a human right, an integral part of the right to freedom of expression and the associated right to media freedom. Numerous international and regional intergovernmental organizations have recognized access to information in their conventions and protocols.
In Africa, 21 out of the 54 countries (39%) have a specific access to information legislation.
Even though, the number of countries with these laws has doubled in the last 5 years, we need more to encourage African countries to develop and adopt access to information legal frameworks and to effectively implement the measures to guarantee this fundamental right.
AFIC has been conducting an annual report on the state of ATI: