If you look hard enough, if you follow the trail far enough I believe almost everything that is wrong in this country can be traced to slackness, inefficiency and/or corruption of The government and it’s agencies.
(Go ahead try it…)
Therefore the best way to improve our country is to get government to work better; to work for and be accountable to the people. Nothing would accomplish this more effectively than a robust Freedom of Information act.
7 Benefits of Freedom of Information
- Enables people to have informed opinions and to engage in full and open debate
- Ensures governments are scrutinized, thereby becoming more open, transparent and accountable and delivering good governance
- Enables elections to be free and fair by informing the electorate
- Enables journalists and civil society to expose corruption and wrongdoing. U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis famously noted, “A little sunlight is the best disinfectant.”
- Enables people to access their own personal information, a valuable part of respecting basic human dignity
- Enables people to make effective personal decisions, such as in medical treatment or financial planning
- Facilitates the effective business practices by creating a culture of bureaucratic openness and providing information that can be useful for enterprise.
The right to freedom of information is based on the fundamental premise that a government is supposed to serve the people. It has become a human right with over 95 countries around the world and region implementing some version of the legislation.
Regardless of your political affiliation, Freedom of Information will benefit every Bahamian and its something everyone should not only support but demand it’s implementation by The Government of The Bahamas.
Further Reading on Freedom of Information
Do you support Freedom of Information In The Bahamas?