Minister of Information Wants Access to Information Law Ready before General Election

Minister of Information wants the draft bill on access to information to be ready before the July 29, 2018 general election.

H.E. Khieu Kanharith underlined the intention when chairing yesterday's Dissemination Forum on Completion for Drafting the Access to Information Law at the Technical Working Group Level at Phnom Penh Hotel.

Ministry of Information, he said, will seek direction from Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen for an inter-ministerial consultation of the law, before bringing it for a review by the Council of Ministers.

If fully constitutional and without critical amendments, the draft will pass through the lower and upper legislative bodies smoothly and ready for royal approval signature from His Majesty King Norodom Sihamoni, continued H.E. Khieu Kanharith.

The minister added that he wants the law to officially come into force before the up-coming 6th national election scheduled.

To him, the law does not only relate to journalists, but also to communities and individuals.

UNESCO's official and experienced media practitioner Mr. Chhay Sophal considered the draft law as the one with high standard, thanks to its comprehensive consultation process.

The law aims to promote citizens' right to access information from public institutions and guide the role among government bodies to share the information to both the citizens and journalists, he underlined.

As it now stands, the draft access to information law is being concluded by technical working group, and H.E. Minister of Information expressed his thanks to UNESCO, Sweden and other contributors for making such meaningful steps happen.

Ministry of Information has been working hard on the draft law and its contents of four chapters and 38 articles have been consulted widely with those technically concerned � a process encouragingly appreciated.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press