Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The International Francophonie Agency (OIF) is currently studying all legislations of its member countries with a view to proposing a legal framework to decriminalize offences by the media, the delegation of the OIF in Dakar told PANA on Thursday.
According to Boubacar Issa Abdourhamane, project manager at the OIF delegation for peace, democracy and human rights, the study was being done in collaboration with Reporters sans Frontières (RSF), the international media watchdog organisation.
"The work is ongoing and it consists of examining legislations in the field of the press.
It will also review provisions of the penal code of every country, in conformity with the 2005 Bamako international symposium on the practices of democracy, human rights and freedoms within the francophone countries," he declared.
"It is aimed at proposing reforms," Abdourhamane said.
The symposium strongly recommended that freedom of the press be the subject of "a strong action on the part of the Francophonie agency" and that an "exhaustive inventory of relevant legislations, including penal codes of all member countries, be carried out and made public in the 24 months".