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Access to information is every Afghan’s right: Karokhel

Access to information is every Afghan’s right: Karokhel

Jul 30, 2016 - 18:05

KABUL (Pajhwok): The Oversight Commission on Access to Information (OCAI) on Saturday said information not endangering national interests should be shared with the people and facts should not be hidden under the garb of restrictions.

Pajhwok Afghan News director Danish Karokhel, who is also member of the commission, told the opening ceremony of a three-day seminar here that access to information was the right of every Afghan.

The seminar ‘Promote and Enhance Access to Information’ in capital Kabul was attended by 30 media representatives.

Karokhel thanked the participants and said the seminar was aimed at promoting people’s right to access information and find solutions to problems the media faced.

“In this seminar, we will discuss how to enhance the right to access to information and to share our experiences,” he said.

He stressed people had the legitimate right to be aware of their environment and events taking place around them. Danish urged the people to cooperate with the media for the sake of awareness.

The seminar would focus on proper implementation of the law on access to information and the information that does not harm national interests should be shared with people and media, according to Karokhel.

Fahim Dashti, another member of the commission, talked about problems journalists faced in finding access to information.

He said incidents happening on a daily basis were not related to the commission, but journalists needed information for investigation purpose were required to fill out a request form to the relative department for seeking information.

He said the relevant department should provide the needed information within three days of the request under the access to information law.

If the government media offices did not provide the required information to journalists within the three-day time, they could complain to the OCAI, he said.

Dashti added the commission would address problems journalists had complained about.