Access to information: military and security institutions cooperate the least | Tunisia News Gazette

Access to information: military and security institutions cooperate the least

According to the Tunis Centre for Freedom of Press, the military and security institutions are the parties that cooperate least with journalists.

In an opinion poll conducted on a sample of 150 journalists from various national and local media, as part of its annual report on freedom of information in Tunisia, the centre shows that for 36.36 pc of respondents, security institution responds least to requests for access to information.

This department is followed by the military apparatus (32.32 pc) and then the Ministry of Education (13.2 pc) and the health institutions (9.09 pc).

The centre members who spoke at a press conference on Wednesday said the purpose of the work is to verify the extent of the Access to Information Act.

A comparative study dealing with the limits imposed on the processing of sensitive or confidential information in the Tunisian media preceded the completion of this survey.

In this study, legal gaps were found. Its authors have noted the vagueness of certain articles of the law of access to information and their contradiction with the spirit of the constitution. They also pointed out that certain decrees, circulars and laws contrary to the constitution are still in force.

The journalists interviewed stated that they had never used the Access to Information Act to deal with obstacles encountered in this regard.

Of the nearly 63 per cent of journalists who used the right, only 37.04 per cent were successful.

In conclusion, 80.21 pc of the journalists interviewed believe that the Tunisian administration has not changed in terms of access to information.

Source: TAP News Agency

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