Africa, Democracy,Human Rights, Press Freedom:
Access to Information in Mozambique Still a Challenge

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Maputo - A lack of an applicable law concerning the right to information in Mozambique has meant that access to information remains a challenge.
Over 20 civil society groups in Mozambique, fronted by the Media Institute of Southern Africa(MISA), have been trying for the last seven years to get the Freedom of Information Bill through parliament.

According to MISA, the bill will allow people to have a say into the development process and give them access to state files and records.

Anthropologist Luka Mucavele said the media landscape is slowly changing however.Until four years ago, Mozambican media was dominated by one state-owned newspaper. The country now has four private newspapers and various bookshops.

The upcoming regional elections and next year’s national elections have also put a spotlight on the issue of accessing information. (END//2013)

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