PESHAWAR: In commemoration of International Right to Information Day, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Commission hosted a prestigious Award Distribution Ceremony to recognize and celebrate individuals who have championed the cause of transparency and public interest through the practice of Right to Information (RTI) laws.
The grand event took place at a local hotel, where distinguished guests, honorees, and attendees gathered to applaud the remarkable contributions made in the field of RTI. Barrister Feroze Jamal Shah Kakakhel, a prominent legal figure, graced the occasion as the Chief Guest of the Ceremony, adding to the significance of the event.
The highlight of the ceremony was the presentation of RTI Awards in various categories to acknowledge outstanding efforts in promoting the principles of RTI:
Public Servant Category:
Mr. Anwar Zeb, Deputy Secretary of the Finance Department, was recognized with the RTI Award in the Public Servant Category. His dedication and facilitation of citizens in accessing information under RTI laws have significantly contributed to transparency and accountability in the region.
Male Journalist Category:
In the Male Journalist Category, Muhammad Fahim was honored with the RTI Award. His commitment to investigative journalism and reporting in the public interest has set a high standard in the field.
Female Journalist Category:
Saddia Mazhar, a trailblazing journalist, was presented with the RTI Award in the Female Journalist Category. Saddia Mazhar’s unwavering dedication to investigative journalism under RTI laws has shed light on critical public interest issues, furthering the cause of transparency.
Majid Afridi was awarded the RTI Award in the Citizen Category for his exemplary practice of RTI laws to address public interest issues, demonstrating that ordinary citizens can make a significant impact when armed with the right to access information.
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Commission, through this ceremony, not only celebrated the International Right to Information Day but also reaffirmed its commitment to promoting transparency, accountability, and public interest in the region. The awardees serve as role models for others to follow, encouraging the responsible use of RTI laws for the betterment of society.