Access to information

Access to information

It is your fundamental human right to ask for, and receive, information held by public organisations and bodies. It is critically important to make sure information held by public, and in some cases private, institutions is available and accessible to citizens.

The right to seek, access and receive information is guaranteed by Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 9 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights, and Article 4 of the Declaration of Principles on Freedom of Expression in Africa. It is also recognised in many of the constitutions of southern African countries.

MISA Lesotho, through its Freedom of Expression and Access to Information activities, aims to address the challenges affecting media freedom and freedom of expression. We employ different strategies including public education on the importance of ATI legislation.

Further, MISA Lesotho seeks to actively engage key stakeholders and decision makers, who may have influence in implementing Receipt and Access to Information Bill. As part of its advocacy efforts, MISA Lesotho is also supporting grassroots organisations in their push for information access.

MISA Lesotho celebrates Universal Access to Information Day (Right to Know Day) every year on 28th September. The day is used to raise awareness about the importance of the right of access to information in Lesotho.