Weak civil society demand for information, combined with a lack understanding about how to make requests for information, can be a major implementation weakness in countries seeking to implement new right to information (RTI) laws.
CLD and AJI held a workshop in Jakarta today as part of a project which has trained local groups working in different sectors to make requests for information.
The Alliance of Independent Journalist (AJI) of Semarang City deplores the systematic efforts to silence the press/ media in the hearing of bribery allegation by non-active Regional Secretary of Semarang, Akhmat Zaenuri.
Commission of Central Information urges to the public body to implement and conduct the mandate of the Law of Public Information Disclosure, seriously, among others, by appointing the Documentation and Information Management Official.
Although it had been applied since 1 May 2010, the Law Number 14 Year 2008 concerning the Public Information Freedom (UU KIP) is still apparently dead. The public body has not also implemented yet the mandate of UU KIP, and they are still trapped in the culture of public information closure. On the other hands, the same thing is also stated by Secretary General of the Alliance of Independent Journalist, Suwarjono, in the introduction of book launching, entitled “Menggedor Pintu, Mendobrak Sekat Informasi – Pengalaman Jurnalis Memohon Informasi Publik” at Jakarta, on Friday (9/3).
Today’s government is assessed having no ability to fulfill the public desire to be more transparent, mainly concerning the budget use. Yet, the officials and their staffs often feel afraid for giving factual data related to the requested information.
The Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI) and four NGOs as well as 13 individuals file a judicial review over Law No.17/2011 on State Intelligence to the Constitutional Court on Thursday, Jan 5. AJI said that the approval of the law threatens freedom of the press and democracy in the nation.