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New decree on freedom of information: AG

08:15 Mon Mar 24, 2014


Taken from/By: FBC News
Report by: Shireen Lata

The Freedom of Information Decree will be ready in about two months.

Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum confirmed this at an event in Suva yesterday.

Sayed-Khaiyum while addressing the members of the Fiji Taxi Association in Suva yesterday, said once the new decree is in place, everyone will be able to access information from regulatory agencies or any government entity.

“There are some people who talk about some people getting a base, getting a license and they will complain about that process but they themselves have given an LTA officer or municipal council officer in the past a hundred bucks on the side, some of you have done it, some of you know others who are doing it and some of you might be thinking of doing it.”

Attorney General says they want to eliminate corrupt practices and the Freedom of Information Decree is one way of doing it.

“It gives all the applicants the confidence that everybody will be treated equally, if they are not treated equally and if the officials have made a decision which was biased then they will be caught out. So it works both ways.”

Freedom of Information is also included in the 2013 constitution.



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