Monday, July 18, 2011

AIJC supports Freedom of Information Bill

The Asian Institute of Journalism and Communication is an advocate of the passage of the Freedom of Information (FOI) Bill, working with other organizations under the Access to Information Network (ATIN) umbrella.

For the first time in nine years, the FOI Bill almost passed in the 14th Congress, mainly due to the movement initiated by ATIN through the Right to Know Right Now! campaign. It mobilized the mass media, academe, NGOs, international FOI advocates, and even some government workers to work for the passage of the bill. At a critical hour, however, the House of Representatives failed to ratify the bicameral version of the FOI Bill due to lack of quorum.

AIJC and other FOI advocates are once again working for the passage of the FOI Bill in the 15th Congress. Versions of the bill have been filed by lawmakers both at the Senate and at the House. FOI advocates are working with its sponsors and have attended the first hearings on the bill in both Houses.   

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