Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) organized a day interaction program on 'protection and promotion of right to information' to aware public institutions for timely disclosing the information of public concerned.
During the Interaction program held on 2nd July at kathmandu Participants told that, although the government brought the RTI Act long back, common citizens were still deprived of information.
FNJ Chairman Dr Mahendra Bista said although the information atmosphere was gradually improving, the government staffs were reluctant to share information easily. "Government employees fear that they would face trouble if they make public the information," added Dr Bista.
According to him, the journalists should bring much more information about corruption and irregularities to public. He further said the FNJ was prodding the government to implement the policy of proportional advertisement to make the small media sustainable.
Commissioner at the National Information Commission, Yeshoda Timilsina, admitted that the general public were still unaware of their right to information. All public agencies need to provide information as per the RTI Act, she insisted.
She complained that some government offices were not practicing the self-disclosure provision mentioned by the law. According to her, the NIC was mobilizing the RTI campaigners to help ensure access to information to the general public.
Chairman of the FNJ Kathmandu Chapter Shantaram Bidari said journalists could make news more investigative with the use of RTI. RSS