By Victor Kapiyo
The Kenya ICT Action Network (KICTANet) participated in a meeting organised by the African Freedom of Expression Exchange (AFEX) on the sidelines of FIFAfrica with the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information, Commissioner Ourveena GeereeshaTopsy-Sonoo.
Themed “An Evening with the Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information in Africa”, the meeting’s purpose was to introduce her to members of the FOE, ATI and access to information community in Africa as part of our efforts to facilitate better collaboration between the Civil Society community and the Commission, through her.
Mr Edetaen Ojo, the Chairperson of AFEX moderated the session providing an opportunity to discuss the Special Rapporteur’s priorities during her tenure in terms of the issues as well as the countries and seek her guidance on how we can support her work.
In addition, civil society stakeholders in the region discussed with her measures that can be adopted in response to the relentless attacks across the continent on freedom of expression, the media, journalists and other human rights defenders engaged in the peaceful exercise of their rights.
The ninth edition of the annual Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa (FIFAfrica22)is taking place in Lusaka, Zambia, from September 26-29, 2022.
This is the first time since 2019 that FIFAfrica is held physically. The 2020 and 2021 editions of FIFAfrica adopted a hybrid model due to the coronavirus pandemic.