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Enhancing the Djiboutian media policy and regulatory framework

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US$16 500.00

Although the Djiboutian government includes in its constitution under Article 15 clear guarantees to freedom of expression and media freedom and has also ratified a number of relevant regional and international human rights instruments, it maintains a number of laws that are incoherent to these acceptable international human rights standards which severely restrict media freedom.

The Djiboutian human rights record was reviewed under the aegis of Human Rights Council’s first cycle of Universal Periodic Review on 2 February 2009. While the state delegation highlighted some of the challenges facing the media sector, it rejected most of the recommendations on the need to repeal and review some of the unduly restrictive media laws. Djibouti will be up for review again during the 16th session of the Human Rights Council in 2013. The overall purpose of the project is therefore to advocate for the enactment of progressive media laws in Djibouti through assessment of the critical media laws and engagement in the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process, training of media actors and policy makers and sharing comprehensive country media law analysis reports.

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ARTICLE 19 Kenya & Eastern Africa
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ARTICLE 19 Kenya & Eastern Africa is an independent civil society organization duly registered under Kenya’s Non-Governmental Organizations Coordination Act in 2007. Its mission is to challenge censorship, promote and protect freedom of expression and safeguard free flow of information and ideas in order to strengthen global justice and empower people to make autonomous choices. ARTICLE 19 monitors, researches, publishes and advocates for and on behalf of freedom of expression wherever it is threatened. With over 88 partners in more than 40 countries across the world, Article 19 works to strengthen national capacity to protect and promote freedom of expression globally.

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ARTICLE 19 Kenya & Eastern Africa, P.O. BOX 2653, 00100 Nairobi

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+254 20 3862230/2
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Jaco du Toit (j.dutoit@unesco.org)

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Henry Maina, Director (henry@article19.org)

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