EOHR holds a seminar entitled” Towards a free informative society “

May 26th, 2010 by Editor

The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) will hold a seminar entitled “Towards a free informative society” in the framework of  the project of  “The Arab network for defending the right of access to information on Thursday 27/5/2010 at 2:00 PM at EOHR’s office. The seminar will include a number of experts, professors of law and  media, representatives of NGOs and human rights activists.

Mr. Hafez Abu Seada, chairman of EOHR confirmed  the importance of providing information

in democratic societies as considered one of the basic citizenship rights, and reviewing  and amending  all laws and procedures that impede access to information, to comply with the international covenants on human rights approved by the Egyptian government and became part and parcel of its domestic law in accordance with Article 151 of the Constitution, leading to a bill for freedom of information  reflects the international standards on the effective access to information, and criminalize  the prohibition of circulation or prevent circulation for such reasons not related to the national security. There should be such a bill for freedom of information to activate the principles of transparency and accountability.

Abu Seada added that the seminar will discuss 3 research papers, the first entitled “Academic research and the freedom of information” for Dr.  Safwat Al Alam,  professor at faculty of Information, and the second entitled “local reign and the right to access and circulation of information” for Mr. Abdel Ghafar Shokr, vice-chairman of the Arab and African research center, while  the third  entitled “E-government and the right to access to information and circulation” for Dr. Ahmed Abu Baraka, member of the parliament.

The papers will be commented  by Mr. Farid Zahran, director of the Center of A l Mahrosa, Mr. Mohamed Anwar Al Sadat, member the parliament, and Mr. Gamal Fahmy, Chairman of the committee of Arab and Foreign Affairs at the Press Syndicate.


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