Tue, Jun

Senate OKs access to information bill


afghan-parliamentThe upper house of the parliament (Meshrano Jirga) on Tuesday approved the Access to Information bill without any amendment.

The Ministry of Justice sent the draft law to the lower house (Wolesi Jirga) for approval. After its endorsement by the lower house, the legislative measure was referred to the Senate.

The law requires government institutions and private organisations to grant the press access to information for public good.     

Mehmood Danishjo, a member of the religious and cultural affairs commission, said they would elect a nine-member panel to oversee implementation of the measure. 

The commission will include representatives from the ministries of information and culture, telecommunications, foreign affairs, NDS, Independent Human Rights Commission, lawyers’ fraternity and journalist fraternity.

Of the 56 members present, 51 voted in favor of the draft law. Signing by the president will make the bill a law.