Access to information

The right to information (RTI) enables the public and civil society to access information held by public bodies, and empowers them to hold their leaders accountable, develop a fuller understanding of the world, and ensure other human rights. The right to information is an important tool for holding governments to account, as it requires them to be more transparent in their activities, for example in the way they spend public finances.  This not only helps fight corruption, but it helps build stable and resilient democracies, where the powerful are genuinely accountable. The protection of whistleblowers to be able to reveal information of public interest is also crucially important.

Over the past 15 years, global progress on access to information, both in law and practice, has been significant. Nearly 120 countries around the world have adopted comprehensive RTI laws, encompassing nearly 90 percent of the world’s population. These laws have been extensively used to enable people to achieve their social and economic, as well as their human rights. However, there remains a long way to go to instill genuine transparency and protect the right to information for all.

HRC44: Freedom of expression high on the agenda
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HRC44: Freedom of expression high on the agenda

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ARTICLE 19 is launching #EyesOnExpression, curated by our Media Editor
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ARTICLE 19 is launching #EyesOnExpression, curated by our Media Editor

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Myanmar: One year on, Internet shutdown imperils human rights in Myanmar
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Myanmar: One year on, Internet shutdown imperils human rights in Myanmar

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Brazil: Government must publish verified coronavirus figures
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Brazil: Government must publish verified coronavirus figures

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#KeepItOn: Open letter to WHO Deputy Director-General to urge the governments to end shutdowns amid COVID-19
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#KeepItOn: Open letter to WHO Deputy Director-General to urge the governments to end shutdowns amid COVID-19

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Myanmar: Restriction on expression in communicable diseases bill would undermine COVID-19 response
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Myanmar: Restriction on expression in communicable diseases bill would undermine COVID-19 response

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Closing the COVID-19 response transparency gap
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Closing the COVID-19 response transparency gap

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Ensuring the public’s right to know in the COVID-19 pandemic
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Ensuring the public’s right to know in the COVID-19 pandemic

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Advances in freedom of information under threat during coronavirus pandemic
11.05.2020 5 min read

Advances in freedom of information under threat during coronavirus pandemic

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