Giovedì, 18 Ottobre 2018

Italian journalists call on govt for more transparency


(ANSA) - Rome, September 19 - Italian journalists on
Wednesday called on the government to adopt rigorous
transparency standards by making documents more accessible to
the public.
Held on Transparency Day, members of the Initiative to
Adopt a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) called on policymakers
to adopt the same norms that the United States introduced in
1966 that have since been honored by other democratic countries.
"We are here to ask for a FOIA proposal to be included in
the government agenda, to be launched in the coming days," said
Roberto Natale, president of Italy's journalists' union FNSI.
The initiative has gained the support of various scholars,
politicians and associations, including FIEG, the Italian
newspaper publishers' association.
"Quality of information is a common good," said Giulio
Anselmi, president of FIEG as well as ANSA. "Accessing documents
is like accessing a foreign language, you need to work at it and
study it. Only then can we address the needs of citizens".

photo: Roberto Natale, president of Italy's journalists' union

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