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: UN resolution on freedom of opinion and expression
22.07.2020 16 min read

HRC44: UN resolution on freedom of opinion and expression

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Brazil: Civil society charges government with violating access to information and transparency during coronavirus crisis 
20.07.2020 3 min read

Brazil: Civil society charges government with violating access to information and transparency during coronavirus crisis 

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Rwanda: ARTICLE 19 and Access Now contribute to Universal Periodic Review process
16.07.2020 2 min read

Rwanda: ARTICLE 19 and Access Now contribute to Universal Periodic Review process

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ARTICLE 19 welcomes new Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information in Africa
15.07.2020 3 min read

ARTICLE 19 welcomes new Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information in Africa

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10.07.2020 6 min read

HRC44: States must adopt recommendations of the UN expert on freedom of expression during Covid-19 pandemic

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HRC44: Freedom of expression high on the agenda
30.06.2020 11 min read

HRC44: Freedom of expression high on the agenda

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ARTICLE 19 is launching #EyesOnExpression, curated by our Media Editor
25.06.2020 1 min read

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
19.06.2020 3 min read

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

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Brazil: Government must publish verified coronavirus figures
08.06.2020 4 min read

Brazil: Government must publish verified coronavirus figures

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