As part of its sustained commitment in ensuring that the Liberia Freedom of Information Act 2010 becomes a tool for the promotion of accountability and transparency, the Center for Media Studies and Peacebuilding, (CEMESP) will conduct a three day workshop to inspire usage of the law in Zorzor, Lofa County.
The workshop is based on the theme: FOI from Awareness to Roles and Responsibilities.
According to CEMESP Executive Director Malcolm W. Joseph: “it is high time we stressed the aspect of usage, inspiring people to file requests for information; than merely telling them about the passage of the law…”
Community radio journalists, CSOs and citizens of Lofa will be targeted for this training that is funded by the National Endowment for Democracy, NED.
Leading the training is CEMESP Program Officer Albert Baron Ansu assisted by Tennen B. Dalieh.
Topics to be covered range from: Key features of the Liberia FOI Act 2010-Obligations of Public Officials; Exemptions for disclosure; Redress Mechanism; What is FOI and its Importance; Ensuring Effective implementation of the FOI in Liberia -The role of CSOs, Community Radios and Local Authorities and FOI as Tool for Investigative Journalism and Citizens Journalism, among other things.
There will also be an introduction of training recipients to a specially designed request filing template designed by CEMESP.
Participants will be required to into groups and come out with FOI request filling issues from the localities.
Participants will equally evaluate the workshop content, delivery pattern, materials and other logistical issues.
This project has ensured that CEMESP operates an FOI Clinic of sort, providing expert knowledge to members of the public on various issues relative to accessing information as provided by law.
Earlier, CEMESP conducted open air campaigns in Paynesville with the same objective of encouraging people make use of the law to demand political accountability