Freedom of information crucial, especially during pandemic

An anti-graft watchdog and a media advocacy group have highlighted how the Covid-19 pandemic has made freedom of information all the more important.

Speaking to FMT in conjunction with today’s United Nations’ International Day for Universal Access to Information, the Center to Combat Corruption and Cronyism (C4) and the Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ) both emphasised how the free flow of information was crucial to achieving accountability and transparency – and ultimately helping the public make informed decisions.

Meanwhile, CIJ’s Right to Information (RTI) programme officer Lee Shook Fong noted that since information held by public authorities is essentially public information, there has to be a shift away from a culture of secrecy to a more open and transparent government.

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