Minister of Information Khieu Kanharith said access to knowledge is indispensable in a democratic society and expressed hope that people will soon be able to have more confidence when choosing their leaders once the new draft law on information access is passed.
“Universal access to information is an indispensable right in a participatory democracy,” he said in a video message to commemorate the 2021 International Day of Universal Access to Information on September 28.
“This is to guarantee that the people’s choice at election-time is an informed one when they make big decisions like selecting their leaders and thereby affirming or rejecting the leadership’s policies being used to steer the government,” he said.
He said that because of the acknowledged importance of open access to information, the government had instructed the ministry to compose the draft law with wide participation from a full-range of stakeholders.
The draft law has now been finalised and is awaiting the final review by the Ministry of Justice to ensure that it is in accord with the Constitution before being submitted to the National Assembly for a vote, Kanharith said.