The right to access information is a fundamental human right. It allows individuals to obtain information necessary for their daily lives, and it is essential for promoting transparency and accountability in government. The government has an obligation to provide access to information to the public. In Indonesia, the government has implemented various efforts to provide information to the public, and this article will discuss these efforts.
The right to access information is enshrined in the Indonesian Constitution. In 2008, the government enacted Law No. 14 of 2008 on Public Information Openness, which provides a legal framework for access to information. This law mandates that government agencies proactively disclose information to the public and respond to requests for information from the public.
Efforts of Government
The government has implemented several efforts to provide access to information to the public. One of these efforts is the establishment of the Information and Documentation Management Agency (IDMA). The IDMA is responsible for managing and providing access to government information. It maintains a database of public information and provides information to the public upon request. Another effort is the implementation of e-government. E-government is a digital platform that allows the public to access government information and services online. The government has launched various e-government initiatives, such as the e-budgeting system, which allows the public to access information about government budgets and expenditures. The government has also launched the Freedom of Information (FOI) portal. The FOI portal is an online platform that allows the public to request information from government agencies. The portal has simplified the process of requesting information and has increased transparency in government.
The efforts of the government in providing access to information to the public can be evaluated in several ways. One way to evaluate these efforts is to look at the number of requests for information received by government agencies. In 2022, the government received over 100,000 requests for information, which indicates that the public is utilizing the resources provided by the government. Another way to evaluate these efforts is to look at the level of transparency in government. In 2022, Indonesia ranked 113th out of 180 countries in the Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index. While this ranking is not ideal, it does indicate that the government is making efforts to increase transparency.
In conclusion, the government has implemented various efforts to provide access to information to the public. While there is still room for improvement, these efforts have increased transparency and accountability in government. The government must continue to prioritize access to information and work to improve its efforts in this area. By doing so, the government can promote a more informed and engaged citizenry and strengthen democracy in Indonesia.