Tuesday as Egypt was ablaze with calls for Morsi’s resignation, Tunisia’s Touensa, a civil society organization was launching an online platform for use by the public to promote transparency and access to government information.
The platform dubbed Marsoum 41 is a one of the efforts by Tunisia’s civil society to end limits of a key law in the country that might limit access of information in the country.
Now with 42 requests, Marsoum41 was conceived two years ago during the January 2011 revolution, and has 242 authorities which can be requested. Users are public encouraged to submit an information request and given a guideline on the site on how to do it.
Marsoum41 users simply submit an information request to either the courts of accounts, presidency of the government and the presidency of the republic, various ministries and religious authorities in the country.
At the moment the Court of Accounts has the highest requests with 27 requests followed by Ministry of religious affairs with 6 requests and the internal affairs with just 3 requests for information.
Named after the (Marsoum) law 41 that concerns the freedom of information in Tunisia declared last year in the country that the public has the right to information from any government arm. Tunisians therefore want to ask for more transparency in the country, asking for public declaration of wealth by government officers, information on the budgetary process and several more.
The law itself is said to have flaws and they want it amended to promote freedom of information and democracy.