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The four African Panos Institutes, PIWA/IPAO, PEA, PSAf & PGL, recently engaged in an initiative where over 30 Africa and international media experts and civil society actors met in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, to discuss and formulate an African advocacy programme. The intent is to have ‘’Free Media and Access to Information’’ established as a clear development goal in the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), being formulated to replace the Millennium development Goals (MDGs), at the end of 2015.

The initiative spearheaded by the Global Forum on Media Development (GFMD) and the African Media Initiative resulted in ‘’The Nairobi Declaration on the Post 2015 Development Agenda’’ signed by 33 African and International Media and Civil Society Organizations.

Our critical concern in pushing for a separate goal for ‘’Free Media and Access to Information’’ in the SDGs is the realization that where as sustainable development depends on informed participation of people in governance processes and decision making –the public’s right to access information is increasingly being politicised globally but specially in Africa.

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