NGOs call for changes to draft law on access to information

A group of civil society organizations on September 28 called on the government to revise the draft Law on Access to Information, taking particular issue with an article that says confidential information can be withheld in certain unspecified cases, while the Information Ministry has maintained that the draft will move ahead without further revision.

Marking the United Nations’ International Day for Universal Access to Information, Transparency International Cambodia (TI Cambodia), Cambodian Journalists Alliance (CamboJA), Advocacy Policy Institution (API), and the Cambodian Centre for Independent Media (CCIM), requested that the ministry alter or delete nine articles from the bill.

They have asked for the removal of Article 20.7, which says that public institutions may withhold “other confidential information as stipulated in the prohibition provisions,” which the NGOs said is “overly broad and lacks specificity.”

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