- Posted August 8, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Democracy an Idea not reality in the Bahamas
Article 19, Universal Declaration of Human Rights: Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.
Freedom of information is a fundamental right, basic to the democratic way of life. The Bahamian Public should be given access to emails, meeting minutes, research or reports held by Public Authorities. This includes supplementary information that may be connected with initial documents. “The Freedom of Information is important for public accountability and the equal treatment of all people under the rule of law, its effective as an anti-corruption tool, its for the advancement of commerce and science and important to the legitimacy of democratically elected governments. For without access to government records, citizens cannot determine whether their leaders deserve reelection or whether they should be thrown out of office because of fraud or mismanagement.”