Drive launched to inform public of Law on Right to Access Information

11. September 2008.

Transparency International Croatia (TIH) and the nongovernmental organisation GONG will carry out between September 9 and October 15 a national drive called "We have the right to know", aimed at informing citizens about the Law on the Right to Access Information and prompting public authorities to put more effort in informing the public.

ZAGREB, Sept 9 (Hina) - Transparency International Croatia (TIH) and the nongovernmental organisation GONG will carry out between September 9 and October 15 a national drive called "We have the right to know", aimed at informing citizens about the Law on the Right to Access Information and prompting public authorities to put more effort in informing the public.

TIH and GONG leaders said on Tuesday this law was crucial for the further development of democracy and suppression of corruption. Although it was passed five years ago, surveys show that only 42.3% of citizens know about its existence.

An early August survey showed that only 4% of those polled had asked public authorities for information, and only one-fourth received an answer, said TIH president Zorislav Antun Petrovic.

GONG leader Suzana Jasic said the authorities often avoided to directly respond to simple queries or sent vague replies.

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