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.

15.03.2019 5 min read

HRC40: Oral statement on the adoption of Malta’s UPR

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12.02.2019 7 min read

EU: Make whistleblowing work for Europe

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30.01.2019 3 min read

Brazil: New Access to Information decree undermines government transparency

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25.01.2019 6 min read

Russia: New bills criminalising insults to the State and spread of ‘fake news’ threaten freedom of expression

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20.12.2018 1 min read

The right to information in Iran

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Global Compact for Migration positive for ensuring free expression, access to information, and inclusive public debate
10.12.2018 9 min read

Global Compact for Migration positive for ensuring free expression, access to information, and inclusive public debate

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10.12.2018 2 min read

Opening up Russia: The right to information and the fight for transparency

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Disability and Information: What are your rights?
03.12.2018 1 min read

Disability and Information: What are your rights?

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ARTICLE 19 and 70+ civil society groups write to Mark Zuckerberg over content removal
13.11.2018 3 min read

ARTICLE 19 and 70+ civil society groups write to Mark Zuckerberg over content removal

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