Senior officials of Information Commission visits AMDISS

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[Juba South Sudan, AMDISS] The Association for Media Development In South Sudan (AMDISS) this morning receives in its office the Information Commissioner Chairperson Necodemus Ajak Bior and his Deputy Wol Atak Deng.

[Juba South Sudan, AMDISS] The Association for Media Development In South Sudan (AMDISS) this morning receives in its office the Information Commissioner Chairperson Necodemus Ajak Bior and his Deputy Wol Atak Deng.

Alfred Taban, the association’s Chairperson in his welcoming remarks congratulated the Commissioner and his Deputy for their appointments. He described the visit as a gift to AMDISS in particular and the media fraternity in South Sudan at large. Taban hopes that Journalists will now get easy access to information with the support of the Commission, adding that their visit to AMDISS shows a breakthrough in the implementation of the media laws.

He acknowledged that the appointment of the Commissioner and his Deputy took quite long before they could swear into offices, which prolonged the difficulties in accessing information especially when it comes to issues related to corruption. But he believes the commission will now make access to information easy for Journalists.

Alfred told the Commissioner and his Deputy that AMDISS has since last year taken a step ahead to disseminate the media laws to Journalists in the different states of South Sudan to make them get more conversant with the laws.

The Commissioner on his part described their visit to AMDISS as an opportunity, adding that it was their first meeting since they got appointed. He expressed hope for Journalists in this country to get information without intimidation. He assured that his commission will ensure that there is accountability and transparency in all public institutions. He also said there is need for the public to participate in nation building and the only way to contribute is when, the public is allowed easy access to information.

He further disclosed that one of their priorities is to train government officials on how to make information available for the public, adding that they will push for all the public institutions to have a working website where people can get information easily without having to visit those offices.

Meanwhile Mr. Wol Atak, the Deputy Commissioner expressed his excitement over the meeting, he said he is personally aware of the great work done by AMDISS in ensuring that South Sudan gets a media framework that can guide the work of the media. Wol added that access to information is within the supreme laws of South Sudan and therefore their work is only to implement what is already provided for in the constitution.

This was a familiarization meeting arranged by AMDISS? to enable  the Information Commissioner and his Deputy to familiarize with AMDISS' Executive Members and the staff for future collaboration. ?

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