EOHR holds a seminar entitled” Towards a free information society “next Wednesday

April 8th, 2010 by Editor

The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights will hold a seminar entitled “Towards a free information society” in the framework of the project of “The Arab Network for defending the right of access to information,” supported by Beyster Institute – University of California, on Wednesday 14/4/2010 at 2:00 PM at EOHR’s office. The seminar will include a number of experts and professors of law, media and representatives of NGOs and human rights activists. 
Mr. Hafez Abu Seada, chairman of EOHR confirmed that the freedom to circulate data and information is considered a core right for communities and nations, and an affirmation to the principle of transparency and good governance and combating corruption, and to keep pace with global developments which calls for the right of access to information and data in a timely manner, thereby creating a suitable environment for sustainable development and equal opportunity and justice, leading to a free information society.
Abu Seada stressed the importance of enacting a clear bill to provide information and to review all laws and procedures to ensure the adoption of the disclosure policy as a basic concept governing the publication and circulation of information.
Abu Seada added that the seminar will discuss two working papers, the first on “The environment and freedom of information and circulation,” prepared By Mr. Essam Sheha, member of the Supreme Council of Al Wafd Party, and the second on “Access to information and protection of national security to bridge the gap” prepared by Mr. Negad Al Boray, lawyer. The two issues Will be commented by Mr. Farid Zahran, director of Al Mahrosa Centre, Mr. Abdul Ghaffar Shokr, vice- chairman of the Arab and African research Centre, and Mr. Hussein Abdul Razek, ex. Secretary General of Al Tagamou Party, and Dr. Ahmed Abu Baraka, member of the parliament.
It is worth noting that “The Egyptian Coalition for the freedom of circulation of information” was established in November 2009 amid the participation of a number of journalists, media personnel , legal experts and some representatives of the Parliament, information systems experts and human rights activists, in order to enact a bill on freedom of information, and it was decided that the coalition will hold a conference at the end of April 2010.

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