Int'l Day Of Access To Information Marked In Kabul

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Tadamichi Yamamoto, the United Nations Special Representative in Afghanistan said at a gathering on Wednesday that the implementation of the law on access to information will help reduce corruption in the country.

“This law is essential to increase transparency in government institutions and then the entire citizens, the media and civil society organizations to more actively participate in the political process including by adversity or necessarily reforms,” Yamamoto said at the ceremony of marking the International Day of Access to Information.

Meanwhile, Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah said the National Unity Government (NUG) continues to implement the law on access to information.

“We will take the necessary steps to support access to information in the country,” he stated.

The law on access to information was approved two years ago by President Ashraf Ghani, but reports indicate that it has not been fully implemented so far.

“If the NUG leaders had helped us, we would have improved further. We want them to help us,” said Sayed Ikram Afzali, head of the oversight commission of access to information.

At same event, the European Union ambassador to Afghanistan, Franz-Michael Mellbin said the right of having access to information is a pillar of democracy.

“Access to information fosters democracy. Allowing access to key information makes a public democratic possible. Because access to information is one of the key factor in combating corruption. Because it makes society more transparent,” Mellbin said.

“Nearly 58 violence cases violence against journalists was reported this year of which 72 percent occurred on the way of access to information,” said Sediqullah Tawhidi, CEO of Nai, an organization supporting open media in Afghanistan.

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