Kabul-Afghanistan (PMG):

Reporter: Shaker Sangi

Aynodin Bahaduri, head of the Commission on Access to Information today (Wednesday, August 07), told a news conference in Kabul that access to information at the government office faces many challenges, but these are more than provincial.

Mr. Bahaduri added that access to information is becoming a culture and that the Commission is trying to institutionalize that culture.

At the meeting, Bahaduri argued that access to information is the right of the people and that any office that holds the information confidential, corruption is widespread in that office. He warned that after this, an office that does not publish information and does not make it public will be exposed and referred to as mixed-governance corruption. He pointed out that there are several government departments that have requested information from these agencies, but these agencies have been reluctant to make the information available.

He also said that government agencies’ websites are in dire need of renovation and upgrading, and these websites are out of date.

On the other hand, Firouz Bashari, head of the government’s Information and Media Center, spoke at the meeting about the government’s commitment to providing information.

He also called on the IAC to expand its oversight role.

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