ATI imperative for meaningful discourse – Lifuka
Transparency International Zambia President, Ruben Lifuka, says the Access to Information (ATI) law is imperative in citizen’s ability to engage in quality and meaningful discourse on public affairs.
Mr. Lifuka says access to information is a fundamental right which every citizen should enjoy as it is a requisite for the enjoyment of other rights.
He has however, charged that human rights are not given freely but claimed adding that citizens must improve their claim making capacity.
Mr. Lifuka explains that one cannot hold an opinion without sufficient access to quality information.
He adds that TIZ holds in high importance access to information even in the fight against corruption and for effective transparency and accountability.
Lifuka said false news would have been minimal if the country had the access to information as people would have quality information and not speculate.
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