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‘MoI officials restricted from sharing information against law’

‘MoI officials restricted from sharing information against law’

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Jan 09, 2019 - 17:43

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Preventing Ministry of Interior (MoI) officials from expressing their views is against the law on access to information, the Access to Information Law Commission (AILC) said on Wednesday, demanding a review of the decision.

Earlier, Acting Interior Minister Amrullah Saleh ordered MoI officials not to comment on peace and reconciliation related issues and the country’s foreign policy with media because these issues are out of the ministry’s domain.

The AILC in a statement said a person needed information, he/she has the right to be given access to information by the government institutions concerned in line with the Article five, Clause first of the Access to Information Law.

The statement also highlighted article eight of the law that says information having the value of news should be shared with the journalist within 24 hours.

According to the Access to Information Law, the Presidential Palace, ministries, independent commissions, judiciary, parliament and all other institutions working under the state law should provide information when required.

The AILC said according to article five, three, and eight of the Access to Information Law, the MoI has violated the law by restricting its employees from disseminating information. The commission asked the MoI to reverse its decision and allow access to information.

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