Egypt's top auditor says state institutions hindering information law

Ahram Online , Thursday 16 Apr 2015

The Freedom of Information bill that stipulates the right of all Egyptian citizens to access information has been discussed several times in recent years

Hisham Geneina
Head of Egypt's Central Auditing Agency Hisham Geneina (Photo: Al-Ahram)

Several state bodies don't want Egypt's government to issue a Freedom of Information law which stipulates citizens' right to access information regarding corruption, head of the Central Auditing Agency (CAA) Hesham Geneina said on Thursday.

Article 217 in the Egyptian constitution mandates that regulatory authorities publicly publish reports after being presented to the president, cabinet and parliament.

A bill for the law has been discussed several times over the past three years.

Geneina stressed that Egyptian president Abdel Fattah El-Sisi demanded the cooperation of all state and private bodies with the regulatory authorities in order to avoid any crises between them, Al-Ahram's Arabic website reported.

However, he said that willingness for cooperation is lacking from all institutions.  

Geneina's statements came during a meeting with the staff of the CAA in Upper Egypt's Minya, Beni Suef and Fayoum.

Meanwhile, Geneina has stressed that the CAA has been receiving threats over public corruption cases it investigates, saying he was personally attacked when the CAA announced details of a corruption case involving Egypt's former justice minister.

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