December, 2014: In December President Ashraf Ghani signed the new Access to Information Law, ratifying the 6 chapters and 32 articles that deliver Afghans unprecedented transparency in the state institutions. It is the first time in Afghan history that citizens and journalists get access to information through state institutions. The law lives up to international standards and will have major effects in limiting corruption, localizing democracy and strengthening the people's political and social participation in state building. While a few Afghan civil society activists have raised concerns on the interpretations of the law and its application at the provincial level, the law has largely been welcomed as an effort to promote transparency and media freedoms within Afghanistan.
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