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The Public has the Right to Know
The European Union, in cooperation with Transparency International Indonesia and the Freedom of Information Network Indonesia Coalition (FOINI), organised a panel discussion in Jakarta on Friday (27/10) on the right to access public information or the Right to Know. The event, with the theme “The Role of Civil Society and Media in Ensuring Transparency and Accountability of the Government”, was opened today by the Deputy Head of Delegation Charles-Michel Geurts and Expert Staff of the Office of the President of the Republic of Indonesia Agung Harjono.
The panel discussion was aimed to highlight the importance of free access to information as an important element of a well-functioning democracy. It enables citizens to participate in matters of public life and decision-making processes.
Charles-Michel Geurts, Deputy Head of Delegation, said: "The right to access information is a basic human right, an integral part of the right to freedom of expression and as well as an important element of media freedom. An open and transparent government is a fundamental component of a democratic and developed State. Having access to information allows citizens to participate in a real and effective way in the matters that affect them on a day-to-day basis”.
Speakers at the panel discussion include: Tulus Subardjono (Commissioner of the Central Information Commission/ KIP), Widi Nugroho (Executive Director of PATTIRO Semarang), Wahyu Dhyatmika (Director of Tempo.Co), Desiana Samosir (FOINI) and Dadang Trisasongko (Secretary General of Transparency International Indonesia).
Dadang Trisasongko, Secretary General of Transparency International Indonesia, said: “Information is a source of power for the public to fight corruption. It is high time that consumers are enabled to differentiate between a product purchased through a corrupt process or not”.
The panel discussion was held to celebrate the International Right to Know Day.