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  • 5 October 2016

    FOI Notes: US, Sri Lanka, Sierra Leone, Pakistan

    United States: The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press has launched a beta of the FOIA Wiki, a collaborative and evolving digital resource on the federal Freedom of Information Act. “The FOIA Wiki is part legal guide, part community space for sharing information that aims to serve as a central hub on all manner […]

  • 11 August 2016

    FOI Notes: Sierra Leone, Commentary, Olympics, Philippines, Canada, US, Cayman Islands, Japan, Panama, Research, India, Australia

    Sierra Leone: The Campaign for Human Rights and Development International (CHRDI) called on parliamentarians to account for the millions of dollars they are receiving annually for the development of their respective constituencies. The Sierra Leone Telegraph reports that many of the parliamentarians are not taking too kindly to being called to account. Commentary: Nathaniel Heller of […]

  • 21 May 2015

    FI Notes: OGP Grants, India, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Trade, Alaveteli, Australia, Portugal, UK, US, IMF

    Funding: The OGP Access to Information Working Group announced its Access to Information Working Group Microgrant: Demonstrating ATI Linkages to OGP Progress Call for Applications.  Applications are due no later than May 31, 2015.  “The microgrants, in the amount of US$1,500 for research papers and US$3,000 for projects, are aimed at demonstrating the importance of access […]

  • 11 September 2014

    Appointments Said to Violate New Law in Sierra Leone

    The appointment of a government appointee as the first chief information commissioner and the selection of an executive secretary for the commission by the president of Sierra Leone violate the new law, according to Emmanuel Saffa Abdulai, Executive Director of the Society for Democratic Initiatives. In a letter to President Ernest Bai Koroma, Abdulai said […]

  • 17 February 2014

    FOI Notes, Sierra Leone, US, India, EU, OGP

    Sierra Leone: Sierra Leone’s new RTI law is tied as 5th strongest in the world, according to an analysis by the Centre for Law and Democracy. The law scored 124 out of a possible maximum of 150 points on the RTI Rating, an analytical tool developed by CLD and its partner organisation, Access Info India: […]

  • 11 November 2013

    Sierra Leone: FOI is One Thing, Freedom of Press Another

    By Amanda Vragovich Vragovich is the Assistant Program Officer for West Africa at the National Endowment for Democracy.  This article appeared Nov. 7 in ThinkAfricaPress. On 31 October, after ten years of civil society activism, President Ernest Bai Koroma of Sierra Leone signed into law the Right to Access Information Bill. The long-awaited freedom of […]

  • 30 October 2013

    Sierra Leone Passes Freedom of Information Bill; Now 96

    The Sierra Leone Parliament Oct. 29 passed a Right to Access Information Act. See text here. “What is left is the presidential assent and we hope President Koroma will do that speedily,” commented FOI activist Emmanuel Saffa Abdulai. “This is a great victory to all of us and we must certainly enjoy it,” he said. […]

  • 24 October 2013

    Sierra Leone Aims to Join OGP After Passing FOI Bill

    Sierra Leone is hoping to join the Open Government Partnership soon and is pushing through a freedom of information bill in order to qualify for membership, according to informed sources. A bill will pass on Oct. 29, a top overnment official told That timing would coincide with the OGP annual meeting in London Oct. 31-Nov. […]

  • 17 October 2013

    Sierra Leone Moving to Pass FOI Law; With U.S. Nudge?

    Sierra Leone’s parliament may soon pass a long-pending freedom of information law. The unexpected rush to approve the law was sparked by the president’s interest in qualifying for the U.S. aid program, the Millennium Challenge Corporation, according to an informed source. Sierra Leone in December was made eligible for MCC membership. The process to actual inclusion, which […]

  • 10 July 2013

    Sierra Leone Government Delays FOI Legislation

    The Sierra Leone government is delaying action on freedom of information legislation because of “poor records management.” The open-ended postponement comes after months of more positive signals from other officials and prompted a strong retort from a leading FOI campaigner. “It is unfortunate that the Government of Sierra Leone continues to play games with this […]

  • 23 May 2013

    Campaign for FOI Relaunched at Sierra Leone Conference

    Sierra Leone Deputy Minister of Information and Communication Theo Nicol said May 13 that the political will exists to ensure a freedom of information bill is passed this time around and that the president will sign it. His remarks came at  conference at which supporters of legislation relaunched a campaign for a FOI law. Efforts […]

  • 20 March 2013

    New Minister Sparks Hope for FOI Statute in Sierra Leone

    Promising signals from the new information commissioner in Sierra Leone are raising hopes, again, for passage of a freedom of information bill. “FOI is on a better footing to be passed this time round and I will meet this coalition again for progress on that,” Minister of Information and Communication Alpha Kanu assured members of […]

  • 27 August 2012

    No Action on Sierra Leone FOI Bill as Elections Approach

    The Sierra Leone freedom of information bill remains in limbo despite promises of action in May, prompting an international organization of journalists to urge its approval by parliament. The situation is described in a recent blog post in Young African Voices which highlights the recent observation by Sierra Leone’s Minister of Information and Communications, Alhaji I.B. […]

  • 8 June 2012

    FOI Bill in Sierra Leone Assigned to Committee

    The Sierra Leone Minister of Information and Communication June 7 submitted freedom of information  legislation to Parliament where it was again sent to the Legislative Committee for scrutiny. FOI legislation has languished in the Legislative Committee in the past, and the initial debate on the bill indicated that some parliamentarians are strongly opposed to it, […]

  • 18 May 2012

    Sierra Leone Parliament Holds Meeting on FOI Bill

    The Sierra Leone Parliament May 17 held a pre-legislative conference on the freedom of information bill at which parliamentarians complained bitterly about the tactics of pro-FOI supporters. Advocates are still hopeful that the bill will be passed, however, although the parliamentary action is occurring at a slower pace than suggested weeks ago by government officials. […]

  • 4 May 2012

    Angry Parliamentarian Vows to Block Sierra Leone FOI Bill

    Only days after a top Sierra Leone government official said the freedom of information bill would pass during the week of May 7, a key legislator, angered by journalists, said it won’t. The strong statement by Majority Leader of Parliament, S.B.B. Dumbuya was dramatic, according to a report in Ariogbo by Femi Coker, who described […]

  • 3 May 2012

    Sierra Leone Parliament to Consider FOI Next Week

    The Sierra Leone Parliament will consider long-delayed freedom of information legislation during the week of May 7, a top government official has said. The statement of  the Minister of Information and Communication, Ibrahim Ben Kargbo, was reported in The Patriotic Vanguard by Ishmael Koroma.  [Ed. note: learned later that the article was essentially a press […]

  • 6 April 2012

    Sierra Leone FOI Advocates Urge Parliament to Act

    Advocates of a freedom of information bill in Sierra Leone are pressing the government to take action on the long-stalled FOI bill, and looking for a procedural move that could ease passage. Activists continue to hope that the government will act to arrange the process so that the bill will not go back to square one in Parliament. The […]

  • 19 March 2012

    Despite Uncertainty, Sierra Leone FOI Activists Organize

    With conflicting signals coming from top government officials, advocates for a freedom of information in Sierra Leone are coalescing to lobby for FOI legislation. The activity comes as a top minister pledged action on a bill, according to a media report by Michael T. Kamara and Mariama Bundu in Awareness Times. But the Speaker of the […]

  • 24 February 2012

    FOI Supporters Meet With Top Sierra Leone Official

    Advocates of the much-delayed freedom of information bill in Sierra Leone recently met with a key advisor to the president, who promised to give the bill closer study, according to a report in Sierra Express. Five FOI Coalition members met with the Chief of Staff in the office of the President on Feb. 2 to discuss the […]