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Jakarta gets bad rating for public information openness, AJI says

Jakarta Post - April 25, 2019

Jakarta – The Jakarta administration has received a "red" average rating for its poor public information openness, according to a study conducted by the Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI) released on Thursday.

The administration was among 12 institutions assessed by the AJI. The rating was based on three indicators, namely proactive disclosure, institutional measures and processing requests.

"Proactive disclosure means whether the institution provides information about who is responsible, whether the Information and Documentation Management Official (PPID) exists and the contact is available," AJI researcher Mawan Kresna said on Thursday as reported by kompas.com.

"In the Jakarta administration, it is not completely available, and there is no person in charge," he added.

For the first indicator, the administration gets a "yellow" rating, given for a score between 34 and 66 out of 100.

The second indicator measures the implementation of public rights for information and supervision by an oversight body. The administration received a "red" rating as its score is under 33.

"The benchmark is the presence of an officer. We also did not know who is responsible," he said. The last indicator measures how the institution responds to and follows up information requests.

Kresna said the AJI had requested a copy of a gubernatorial regulation, but received no service. "We did not get the information or a response. The law stipulates that [a response] should be provided within 17 days," he said.

The study was conducted in an attempt to evaluate the 2008 law on public information openness after 10 years of implementation.

Responding to the study, Jakarta Information, Communication, and Statistics Agency head Atika Nur Rahmania, said the city administration had published all classified public information through the city administration's portal websites in accordance with the 2008 law.

"All requests for public information addressed to the Jakarta administration are responded to by PPID's information service lines," she said in a written statement on Thursday.

Atika claimed the public information openness by the administration had been classified as "informative", according to evaluation by Indonesia's Information Commission at the end of 2018, along with Central Java, West Kalimantan and West Java. (sau)

Source: https://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2019/04/25/jakarta-gets-bad-rating-for-public-information-openness-aji-says.html