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During her meeting with MADA: The Minister of Telecom and Information Technology stresses the importance of the enactment of the Right of Access to Information law

 

 

 

 

Ramallah- Media and Public Relations Department
 
The Minister of Telecom and Information Technology D. Safaa Nasir al-Deen stressed on the need to pass the Right of Access to Information law in Palestine, and her full support of the campaign launched by the Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms "MADA" to consider and approve the draft law, which was prepared by a group of experts under the supervision of MADA center.
 
This came during the minister’s meeting with the general director of MADA Mousa Rimawi and Riham Abu Aita MADA’s Public Relations Officer, to discuss MADA campaign, which comes under the title "You have the right to know."
 
the minister  praised MADA’s efforts and the campaign, and considered the right of access to information a human right and that it must be within a legal framework, especially that the law would serve all Palestinians including both students and academics, journalists, technicians, businessmen and women, and public figures.
 

The Minister stated: “This law is required for us as a global and international requirement, which is one of the most important pillars of a open government, in order to join the global partnership of the open government that is one of the ways of governance, which guarantees citizens the right to obtain documents, and procedures of the government, to enable citizens' participation in the control of the government, and thus achieve greater transparency. And that the enactment of the law is also an essential part of the e-government policies which is important in supporting the work of the ministry for the development of the telecommunications and information technology sector to keep pace with global changes”.
 
The minister pointed out that she will support the trend towards the enactment of the law and will partner with the various parties concerned, but after the law gets audited by the ministry and after adding any technical sides relating to the work of the ministry.
 
The two parties agreed to cooperate also in various fields such as the exchange of legal consulting and specialized studies with regard to freedom of expression, and the exchange of information about the various Arab partnerships that operate in this field.
 
Mr. Rimawi thanked the minister for her support for MADA’s campaign, and called on the ministry to intensify the efforts and cooperation for the dissemination of this campaign to the different sectors of government.
 
Rimawi also explained that MADA during the past two years worked with all stakeholders in order to formulate a new draft of the Law of access to information in cooperation with DCAF, aligned with the Palestinian situation and international standards in this field, stressing the importance of accelerating the adoption and enactment of the law for it will benefit all sectors of society and public institutions.