Governmental Council Discusses Draft Law For Right Of Access To Information

Governmental Council Discusses Draft Law For Right Of Access To Information

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Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane
Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane

The Moroccan government is expected to endorse today the new draft law for the right of access to information according to chapter 27 of the new constitution, which classifies it within the essential rights and freedoms that ought to be respected, reports Alyaoum 24.

Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane will chair the council meeting where some amendments and suggestions may be brought forward, adds the same source.

The government has defined an exemption list from the right to information which includes matters related to national defence, national security, the private lives of individuals, the fundamental rights and freedoms that are insured by the constitution, and information regarding relations with other countries, governmental and non-governmental organization, which may cause harm to these parties in case information is revealed.

This list was extended earlier by the government to include the deliberations of the council of ministers, which is led by the king, and the deliberations of the council of government, which is led by the Prime Minister.

Some rights groups assure that the implementation of this law will prevent the forced participation of citizens in administrative corruption, as well as a positive impact on all employees’ output due to the presence of transparency.

The Moroccan Times.