Policy Forum

The State of Freedom in Africa

October 21, 2008 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM EDT

1st floor/Wintergarden

Tony Leon Former Leader of the Opposition, South African Parliament, Visiting Fellow, Cato Institute; Andrew Mwenda Managing Director, The Independent, Uganda; moderator Marian Tupy Policy Analyst, Cato Institute

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Africa is more democratic than ever before and elections more frequent, but poll results are often predetermined and much of the region remains in the hands of autocratic governments. How free are Africans in countries that have seen some degree of political or economic liberalization? Tony Leon, a longtime member and opposition leader in the South African Parliament who criticized first the National Party apartheid government and then the African National Congress government, will assess African states’ progress on the road to political, economic, and civil liberty. Ugandan journalist and political activist Andrew Mwenda will discuss ways in which Africans are fighting for their freedoms.