20 July 2011

UNESCO offering scholarships for access to information meeting in Cape Town

UNESCO is offering scholarships to attend the Windhoek +20 Pan-African Summit on Access to Information in Cape Town, South Africa, from 17 to 19 September 2011. A limited number of places are available so apply now - the closing date for scholarship applications is 3 August 2011.

The summit will bring together hundreds of Africa's media leaders, journalists and civil society members to discuss the current and future status of press freedom and access to information in Africa, which will hopefully lead to UNESCO and the African Union adopting the African Platform on Access to Information.

The Windhoek +20 Campaign is a continental initiative of African organisations - including IFEX members Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), Media Rights Agenda, Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) and the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) Africa office, as well as ARTICLE 19 - lobbying for a pan-African declaration dedicated to access to info. The campaign derives its name from the Windhoek Declaration on Press Freedom, which was adopted by the UN General Assembly 20 years ago to promote press freedom in Africa.

Other events will be taking place at the same time, including the Highway Africa Conference and the African Media Leaders Forum.

For the scholarship, preference will be given to individuals with proven records of advocacy around access to information.

To apply, send a cover letter outlining your motivation for going and your CV to karen (@) misa.org. Only successful applicants will be contacted.

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