Thursday, April 2, 2009

How can Mongolia be a state if it doesn’t have secrets?

Apologies for the radio silence on here for the last week or so.  My excuse is that I'm working hard on finishing a new (non-Nergui) novel.  The good news, for me at least, is that I've got the first draft almost finished so I'll soon be able to start thinking about other things again.

In the meantime, I was intrigued by the news that Mongolia is looking at passing a Freedom of Information Act.   I've written quite a lot in the novels about the impact of the country's secretive Communist past on its democratic present and, as the UB Post article points out, a move towards full disclosure would be a significant cultural step.  The article concludes that progress towards introducing greater freedom of information 'will depend on how badly the nation’s politicians...want information in Mongolia to be freely accessible'.  And, I guess,  on how much they have to hide. 

Comments

1. Ian said...

I am writng about its communist past. I was one of only a handful of westerners allowed to be there in 1989.

2. Michael+Walters said...

Hi Ian - thanks for the comments. I'm fascinated by the communist period in Mongolia, though I've written about it only peripherially in my books (and it's a constant presence in the background). My first visit there was in 1990 and there were few westerners around. You've obviously lived an interesting life - I'm looking forward to reading the book on your website.

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