The law of the Information and Communications Commission (CMC) raises a crisis between two parliamentary committees
Baghdad / Range
The Media and Communications Commission invited the deputies to attend a "specialized workshop" in Dubai under the auspices of mobile phone companies with the participation of a number of international bodies for the period from 29/1 to 2/2 next, and published on the means of social access Photos of visa features granted by the State UAE to these deputies in the said date.
But a well-informed parliamentary source said in an interview with Al-Mada yesterday that "the movement carried out by the media and communications with a group of MPs with the financial support of mobile phone companies seeks to abort attempts to legislate the law of the media in the current parliamentary session," pointing out that " This bill will prevent theft and waste of money. "
Several parliamentary parties have been trying to legislate the Communications and Information Authority law three years ago in the House of Representatives, but their attempts collide with the movement led by the body backed by parliamentary blocs to enforce this legislation, which requires disclosure of funds obtained by mobile phone companies, according to the parliamentary source.
The work of the media and communications body is full of many observations and accusations concerning legal and administrative violations in many files that ousted its former president Safaa al-Din Rabie and his dismissal after being questioned in the House of Representatives.
The media and communications authority has always been charged with favoring mobile phone companies and not being held accountable for paying the money owed to the state treasury, estimated by some sources at more than $ 500 million, which could have contributed to the consolidation of the public budget.
And surprised the source, who preferred anonymity, "from the purchase of mobile phone companies that steal millions of dinars a day of the people's strength, the number of MPs with a vacation with their families to Dubai in exchange for aborting the law of the Commission," asserting that "travel of these deputies impact on the holding of meetings The parliament in which the law was put to a vote ".
The agenda of the parliament session on Monday included a vote on the proposed law of the Communications and Information Commission, but the parliament did not discuss the legislation because of the quorum.
"The media body is seeking from these workshops to gain time in order to pass the legislation of the law to the next parliamentary session," the parliamentary source said.
One of the paragraphs of the bill requires the Information and Communications Commission to disclose the money collected from mobile phone companies and deposit them in the state treasury, which helps in dealing with high transparency with these funds obtained from companies.
The parliamentary source asks: "Is it required to launch a law for the Information and Communications Commission as the mobile phone companies want to pay the debts owed by them?" He pointed out that "the government stunned the Parliamentary Culture Committee and sent a second bill to the Information and Communications Commission to the Services Committee, Law for first reading in the House of Representatives at a time when the previous bill was in the last stages of its legislation. "
"The parliamentary culture committee initiated three years ago to submit a draft law to the Information and Communications Commission, and hosted legal and specialists to discuss it and sent copies of it to the parliamentary blocs and took all their proposals," noting that "the law is ready to vote in the meeting Monday."
Members of the Board of Trustees of the Information and Communications Commission declined to talk about the subject of the Dubai workshop, but the head of the parliamentary services and reconstruction committee, Nazem Saidi, said that his committee "is concerned with the law of the Information and Communications Commission" Will be challenged before the Federal Court (if approved) ".
Al-Saadi said in a statement to Al-Mada that the Communications and Information Commission invited 30 deputies to "discuss the law of the Commission with some international companies."
The rules of procedure of the House of Representatives set the functions of the Services Committee in the follow-up of the affairs of communications, while granting the Committee on Culture and Information to monitor and follow up the media and monitor its performance and follow up the Media and Communications Commission as well.