Malang, East Java (ANTARA) - The Central Information Commission (KIP) has urged the public, especially college students, to read new articles in their entirety, and not just headlines.

"Gain information from trusted sources, choose news as necessary, read them completely, not only the title. Think critically with a good purpose, and choose more than one source," commissioner for advocacy, socialization, and education at KIP, Samrotunnajah Ismail, said in Malang, East Java, on Saturday.

Ismail made the statement during an awareness-raising activity on Law No. 14 of 2008 on Openness of Public Information, which was themed "wisely sorting and choosing information.”

The activity was geared toward students and was held as a part of ‘KIP Goes to Campus’ series at Brawijaya University on Friday (July 8, 2022).

Law No. 14 of 2008 makes it obligatory for public bodies to provide information to the public without any request, Ismail said.

"The openness of public information is our right. However, let's be wise with the facilities we have. We may question, but let's use wise ways," she added.

Meanwhile, expert staff at KIP, Tya Tirtasari, said that at least three thousand information disputes have been recorded in 2022 and are currently being resolved by the commission.

"This number does not include those (disputes reported) to the regional information commission. However, our resolution does not make it to the court. Information disputes are resolved through mediation or adjudication. Although there are articles related to sanctions, we prioritize the mediation process between parties," she informed.

According to Tirtasari, there are some types of information that can be known or accessed by the public: periodic/regular information that can be obtained from websites, flash information that is related to the lives of many people, and all-time information.

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Translator: Endang S, Kenzu T
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