Public institutions have been challenged to grant access to information as a means of promoting good governance, accountability and transparency.
Speaking during a journalists’ training session on Access to Information and Good Governance, Media Council of Kenya (MCK) Director for Media Training and Development Victor Bwire said access to information is a critical ingredient in promotion of transparent governance.
“The right to information and freedom of speech are crucial mechanisms for ensuring good governance. A professional, independent and responsible media plays a significant role in fostering good governance”, said Bwire.
Bwire urged journalists to leverage Access to Information Act 0f 2016 to achieve other human rights, empower the public and monitor the progress of sustainable development.
“Journalists should not only restrict themselves to climate change stories but also focus on creating a platform for debate, setting the national agenda and framing national public interest issues”, he underscored.
Katiba Institute (KI) head of Communication and Public Liaison Kevin Mabonga called for the need to empower journalists on the right to access information.
“Through empowering journalists, we are able to enhance their skills and knowledge on the use of ATI laws and in promoting good governance”, said Mabonga.