Jerusalem24 – Wake Up Palestine – According to Bakr Turkmani, Legal Advisor to the Gaza Office of the Coalition for Integrity and Accountability (AMAN), the access information is a citizen’s right to request information and receive answers about anything in a printed, written or any other form from any institution.
Restrictions are imposed on the right to access information with a view to safeguard national security or the dignity of persons. International conventions and domestic regulations, which govern the right to access information, including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as well as the Palestinian Basic Law, the Law on Printed Materials and Publications.
However, as of yet Palestine has no law protecting the right to access information.
Representatives of Government and Civil Society met in Ramallah to lay the groundwork for the adoption of a “Right to Information Law” in Palestine. In a meeting, organized with UNESCO in cooperation with the Anti-Corruption Commission and the Palestinian Ministry of Information, a law was drafted but was not passed.
If the law is adopted, Palestine will become the fifth country in the Arab region to provide legal protection for citizens’ right to access public information.
In this episode of Wake Up Palestine, Mohammad Hamayel speaks with Halla Tannous, of the United Nations Educational Scientific Cultural Organization. Together, they discuss the situation of the right to access information in Palestine.