Access to information

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.

UN: Urgent Action on Myanmar
12.02.2021 1 min read

UN: Urgent Action on Myanmar

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Ethiopia: Hate speech and disinformation law must not be used to suppress the criticism of the Government
19.01.2021 10 min read

Ethiopia: Hate speech and disinformation law must not be used to suppress the criticism of the Government

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Kenya: Measures to tackle Covid-19 pandemic must not violate human rights
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Kenya: Measures to tackle Covid-19 pandemic must not violate human rights

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US: ARTICLE 19 welcomes news Wikileaks founder Julian Assange will not face extradition
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US: ARTICLE 19 welcomes news Wikileaks founder Julian Assange will not face extradition

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Iran: People with disabilities endangered by lack of information
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Iran: People with disabilities endangered by lack of information

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Dear Facebook: Withdraw Your Cease and Desist to NYU
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Dear Facebook: Withdraw Your Cease and Desist to NYU

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News release: We are in the midst of a freedom of expression crisis
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News release: We are in the midst of a freedom of expression crisis

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Tunisia: Open letter to Assembly Members in defense of freedom of expression and information

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Global Expression Report: Headlines and Highlights
15.10.2020 6 min read

Global Expression Report: Headlines and Highlights

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