Mentioning that the Right to Information Act is a strong tool for investigative journalism, speakers at a workshop on Friday urged journalists to widely exercise it for filing reports.
Shushashoner Jonno Nagorik and Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative, with the support of The Hunger Project, organised the workshop titled Use of RTI in Journalism at Apon Uddog Foundation building in the city.
Former chief information commissioner Golam Rahman in his speech said that the fitting of such a people-friendly law into the current bureaucratic structure and culture was a big challenge.
‘Right to information is a citizen’s right and its acknowledgment means their development,’ he said.
Mentioning that journalists do not exercise the law much in the country, Golam Rahman underscored the need for changing the mindset and culture of hiding information to boost the practice and ensure accountability and arrest corruption.
He also said private institutions dealing with public money such as private educational institutions, banks and clinics should also be brought under the purview of the law.
SHUJAN secretary Badiul Alam Majumdar, also country director and global vice president of THP, said there were some information in different sectors which needed to be looked for and the RTI Act can play a strong role in this regard.
Renowned journalist Mizanur Rahman Khan said it was not possible to ensure freedom of speech having a weak democratic practice.
Information commission director Abdul Hakim and RTI activist Biplab Karmakar also spoke on the occasion.
Indian RTI activist Venkatesh Nayak, journalist Kumar Sambhav Srivastava and CHRI director Sanjoy Hazarika also joined the workshop through videoconferencing and shared their experiences of using RTI Act in India.
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