Commissioner Pansy Tlakula has called on The Gambia government to join nations that have adopted the African Commission’s Access to Information Model Law which guarantees citizens absolute access to information.
“I am hoping that The Gambia will join others in adopting the Free Access to Information Act which has so far been adopted by only 16 countries across the African continent,” said Tlakula, Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information in Africa.
“This Act ensures that the citizens’ right to free expression and access to information which is vital to democracy are secured,” she said during a World Press Freedom Day event organised by the Gambia Press Union, UNESCO and the UN Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner on May 3, 2015 in Banjul.
Tlakula added that “without information, we cannot have access to our rights.”
On December 20, 1993, the UN General Assembly proclaimed May 3 as World Press Freedom Day to reflect on the principles of press freedom, evaluation of press freedom, and renewal of commitment to freedom and paying respect to journalists who lost their lives in the line of duty