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International Day for Universal Access to Information today

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Published: 09:02, 28 September 2022  
International Day for Universal Access to Information today

International Day for Universal Access to Information is being observed in the country today (September 28) like elsewhere across the globe.

The Information Commission (IC) has taken initiatives to observe the day with the theme ‘People's right to information should be ensured in the era of information technology’.

On the eve of the day, President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages wishing all programmes of the day a success.

In his message, the President said that the 'Right to Information Act, 2009' was formulated to ensure the free flow of information and people's right to information.

"The citizens of the country are now getting access to information by this act (the RTI act)," he said, adding that the act can get fulfillment with spontaneous participation of all the people as well as all government and non-government bodies, print and electronic media, civil society, public representatives and political leaders along with the Information Commission.

In her message, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said showing respect to the people's right to information, Awami League (AL) government passed the RTI Act, 2009 in the first session of the 9th Jatiya Sangsad and formed the Information Commission as per its electoral pledge.

As a result, the right of the people and the media to get the necessary information has been perfectly established, she said, adding, "We have always played a leading role in the development and progress of the country's mass media".

The premier said “Apart from Bangladesh Television (BTV), BTV World and Sangsad Television, we have given permission to 45 private television channels and 28 FM radio stations and 32 community radio stations to broadcast to expand the free flow of information further, which made the publication and publicity system easier”.

The introduction of the Sangsad Television has made it easier for the people to get the proceedings of the parliament directly, Sheikh Hasina said, adding that the Information Commission is taking into cognizance the complaints of the deprived people and ensuring their access to information through regular hearings.