KATHMANDU, OCT 29 - Nepal has secured its space in the Steering Committee of the Freedom of Information Advocates' Network (FOIAnet), a global civic organisation crusading for the right to access information since 2002.
Nepal's noted Right to Information (RTI) activist and journalist Taranath Dahal has been elected the member of the committee securing fourth highest votes. The seven candidates with the most votes cast by its members from across the globe form the FOIAnet Steering Committee.
As the person with the most votes, RTI global leader Toby Mendel, Executive Director of Canada-based Centre for Law and Democracy becomes the Chair, for a second term, reads a statement issued by FOIAnet Secretariat.
This is the first time that the network governing body gets direct representation from South Asia and Nepal which has created a space for the region to get connected with global discourse and campaign of right to information in a more coordinated manner.
"My foremost focus would be to contribute to strengthen global regime of the Right to Information (RTI) through Asian representation," Dahal said, adding that he would work in collaboration to establish the linkage and coordination of the network to the RTI communities in Asia/South Asia thereby contributing to its promotion and expansion.