FILEP 2011

FILEP 2011

Provisory Programme

international festival OF THE FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION AND THE PRESS –iffep 2011


«media, election, democraty and governance in africa»


Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

23 -26 november 2011




Abstract of the theme


The freedom of expression constitutes an essential component for peace, democracy and good governance.  The main role of Medias is to be one of the supports by which this freedom of expression is concretized in the sense that they provide the necessary public opportunity of this freedom of expression. Moreover, they contribute in sensitizing the public opinion on the political, economic,  social and cultural stakes which arise at all levels of the society. 


2011 and 2012 are particularly electoral years in Africa.  What has been and what will be the role of the medias in broadcasting the elections and monitoring the post-electoral governance?  What should be the contribution of the medias in the popularization of the African charter of democracy, elections and  governance? 


From the " Declaration of Atlanta and the strategies to promote the access to information ", adopted in February 2008 by  “the Carter Center”, to the " African Platform on the right of access to information " adopted in Cape town (South Africa) in September 2011, it  seems that the step towards the progressive institutionalization  of a true freedom of expression, became irreversible.  Of course, the  access to information is an integral part of the fundamental human rights related to the freedom of expression, which is essential for the recognition and implementation of the civil, political and socio-economic rights inherent to everybody, and a means of promoting  democracy  and good governance.  What role must the medias and the civil society play to promote and concretize this ideal?                           







DAY 1 / WEDNESDAY 23 novembEr 2011

8.00 – 9.30


-          CNP-NZ


session i

président :

reporter :


9.30 – 10.15

  world’s day against impunity





10 .45 – 11.30

-          The declaration of Table Mountain and its projections

Speaker : OMAR BELOUCHET (Director of EL WATAN)

                     BOUBACAR DIALLO (President of the Press House of Niger)




10.30 – 12.15

-          Will the NTIC, in the long term, replace the oral communication  and the newspaper ?

Speaker : SAMBA KONE, President of the RIAM (Network of the African  Authorities for Self-regulation of the Medias)

12.15 – 13.00

Official opening ceremony and visit of the fair trade market

13.00 – 14.00


14.30 – 16.00

Related meetings :

  2. TAEF
  3. FAMCP


16.30 – 17.30


Speaker : CNP-NZ


Animation and screenings followed by debates at the FESPACO

Speaker : SEMFILMS

dAY 2 / THURSDAY 24 novembEr 2011

Installing participants and guests

9.00 – 9.30


Speakers  :

-          Organizing Committee

-          President of the UJAO in the name of all the organisations  attending the FILEP

9.30 – 10.15

opening speech

Speaker :

-          ABDOULIE JANNEH  Associate Secretary General  of the UNO, Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa.

-          Pansy TLAKULA, special reporter for the freedom of expression and the access to information in Africa (African Commission for human rights and people)

Opening speech by His Excellency Mr. Rock Marc Christian KABORE , President of the National Assembly of Burkina Faso,




session ii

media, election and governance

president :



preliminary statements  :


Presentation of the African  charter of democracy, elections and the governance

Speaker : Honorable IDRISS NDELE MOUSSA,  President of the Pan African Parliament   


-          Does the African  charter allow the emergence or the construction of developing states in Africa?

Speaker : ABDOULIE JANNEH, Associate Secretary General of the UNO and Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa


-          The responsibility of medias in electoral crisis

Speaker : IBRAHIM SY SAVANE, President of the high authority of the audio-visual communication of Côte D’Ivoire



panel i

élection and démocracy

président :

reporter :


-  How can the African charter contribute to the credibility, the transparency and the equity of electoral processes in Africa? 

Speaker : Professor Luc Ibriga, from the university of Ouagadougou


-   The charter and anti-constitutional changes: theory and reality

Speaker : Professor Augustin LOADA, Executive Director of the CGD (centre for democratic governance)


  -  What role can or must the medias play in order to popularize the values promoted by the  charter?

Speaker : Professor Serges Théophile Balima, from the university of Ouagadougou.






panel ii

media and transparency in Elections

président :

reporter :


-          role of the Medias and the civil society in electoral governance.

Speaker : Professor Mahamade SAWADOGO, from the University of Ouagadougou.


-          The role of the medias in the transparency of elections in Central Africa

Speaker : Professor Marie Soleil Frère


-          The role of the medias in the transparency of elections in West Africa

Speaker : Mahamane  Hamèye CISSE, Director of the newspaper "Le Scorpion"

Deputy Coordinator of the Institute for Democracy and Education with the Medias in Mali (IDEM)           







Screening followed by debates

day 3 /friday 25 november 2011



meditation on the tomb of Norbert Zongo


session iii

the accèss to information

panel i

the african platform on access to information

president : Ms. Faith Pansy Tlakula

reporter :


-          The right to the access of information, an appreciation for democratic governance?

Speaker : Abdoul Karim Sango, Expert in medias laws.


-          Presentation of the Pan African Platform on access to information and its strategies of implementation

Speaker : Fatou Jagne Senghor, Article19



Signature of the APPAI by the Organizations of the Civil Society




panel ii

about a specific law on the access to information

president :

reporter :

11.00 – 12.15

-          Sharing experience on the reality of the access to information with guest countries

-          Viewing a sample draft law on the access to information for west African states

12.15– 13.00


13.00 – 14.00


14.30 – 15.45

small room

Meeting on the Declaration of Table Mountain with those in charge of organisations and medias in West Africa

big room

Adoption of the resolutions, recommendations, and reports of the 2011 FILEP

16.00 – 16.30




official evening ceremony- handing over the Norbert Zongo prize of the journalism of investigation

day 4 /SATURDAY 26 november 2011


Tourism Excursion on the site of the crocodiles of Bazoulé




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