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Access to Information//IJC, in Partnership with the Public Administration Academy, Launches an Online Course for Civil Servants

18 May 2020
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The Independent Journalism Center (IJC) has developed an online course titled “Access to Information” for civil servants and offered it to the Public Administration Academy (PAA). The course was launched on Monday, May 18, on the PAA’s E-Learning Platform.

The course is structured as several modules and e-training units allowing civil servants to become familiar with:

  • the regulatory framework provisions regarding access to information;
  • the procedure of access to information: subjects in the process of obtaining and providing information, conditions and ways of filing applications/petitions, deadlines for satisfying requests for access to information, payments for providing information, redirecting applications, etc .;
  • protecting the right of access to information;
  • sanctions for breaching the right of access to information.
Previously, the IJC has already trained approximately 70 officials, the PAA audience, during the courses on applying the legislation regulating access to information. The lecture course was conducted on the basis of a cooperation agreement signed by the IJC and the PAA in September 2019. The activities are aimed at improving civil servants’ knowledge at all levels for their better understanding of media legislation and overcoming current problems journalists face in their relations with them.

In recent years, the Independent Journalism Center has made continuous efforts to improve the legal framework regulating the field, including the Law on Access to Information.

This course has been developed by the Independent Journalism Center (IJC) within the project Media Enabling Democracy, Inclusion and Accountability in Moldova” (MEDIA-M) funded by USAID, UK Aid and implemented by Internews in Moldova, which aims at promoting the development of independent and professional media and creating a media sector more resistant to political and economic pressure.