Fri, 14 Mar 2003

RI to host information seminar

JAKARTA: Seven foreign speakers are expected to address an international seminar on the right to information at the House of Representatives (DPR) on Friday.

The seven speakers are Mukelani Dimba of South Africa, Venkat Iyer of Britain, Rick Snell of Australia, Nakorn Serirak of Thailand, Kamayani Swami of India, Vince Lazatin of the Philippines and Toby Mendell of Canada.

House deputy speaker Muhaimin Iskandar is slated to give the keynote speech.

Organizing committee chairman Wiwiek Awiyati, from the Indonesian Center for Environmental Law (ICEL), said the input and ideas discussed during the seminar could help legislators create a good freedom of information law.

State Minister for Communications and Information Syamsul Mu'arif is also scheduled to speak at the seminar along with journalists and non-governmental organization activists. -- JP