Access to information still a dream in AfghanistanNo Comment
September 28th has been recorded as the International day of Access Information in National and International calendars, though following “right” in Afghanistan’s constitution is recognized officially but still is not being given and correspondents declare not accessing ton Information as challenge against their career.
Though not accessing information is a challenge for correspondents, still Afghan citizens declare the following fundamental right as a dream.
Based on the survey launched about the International day of accessing information by Nai supporting open media in Afghanistan it was found that 34 percent of the governmental departments did not create office for giving information out.
The 10th article of the accessing information code indicates that “governmental departments are obliged to open up office to ensure giving access to information to Afghan citizens, and determine the center of giving information.”
Based on Nai survey from 69 governmental departments 51 departments filled the questioner papers but 18 others did not fill the questioner paper and return it back to Nai yet.
The 34 percent of the governmental departments do not include those 18 institutions that did not fill the questioner papers.
Related to the story the private communication companies have limited their internet services in some provinces of the country that means it disrupt accessing information of the citizens.
The residents of Helmand and Kunduz provinces have stated that the internet services of the private communication companies has been limited since 2 months and even no one can access internet during the night.
Internet is counted as an important tool of accessing information in the world, and government of Afghanistan is obliged to provide internet for the citizens and prevent lacking internet in the country.
Afghan government is responsible to ensure accessing information for its citizens based on the Afghanistan’s constitution and accessing information code and prevent all the obstacles and let the citizens to access their rights.
34 percent of governmental departments do not have sharing information sources
Based on the survey launched by the Nai supporting open media in Afghanistan regarding the execution of code of accessing information in governmental departments, it indicates that still huge number of the following departments did not create source of accessing information for the citizens and correspondents.
Article 10th of accessing information states that “the governmental departments are responsible to create sources of accessing information for the citizens, did not determine the sources yet.”
The 15 percent of the governmental institutions claimed their sources of accessing information are being created.
The following survey took 3 months, and 69 governmental departments including presidential palace, chief executive office, Ministries, independent NGOs, National assembly, justice departments have been questioned on execution of accessing information code.
51 governmental departments filled the questioner papers and return it back, but 18 others still did not fill the paper yet, and did not cooperate Nai office.
Its mentionable that 34 percent of the governmental departments did not create sources of accessing information, and 18 other institutions even did not fill the questioner paper and return it back to Nai yet.
8 percent of the governmental departments that attended in the survey have stated that they have no idea about the code of accessing information and 2 percent of the governmental institutions even did not see the code yet.
A question that the governmental departments were asked was about the cost of the giving information in the current annual budget, where 72 percent of the governmental departments did not include the cost of giving information in their allocated budgets, while 28 percent included the cost of the giving information.
The governmental departments that have not responded yet are as below: Presidential palace, chief executive, Lower house of the parliament, Office of the president, National Directorate of Security, National security council, Ministry of Information and culture, Ministry of Interior Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Independent Election Commission, Kabul University, Electronic National ID cards.
Media watch office in Nai supporting open media in Afghanistan demands the government of Afghanistan to ensure the rights for citizens and correspondents accordingly to the code of accessing information and introduce those institutions that are not cooperating correspondents on giving information for the citizens and correspondents.