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.

EU: More transparency needed in merger control
30.01.2023 3 min read

EU: More transparency needed in merger control

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Central Asia: Freedom of expression online
21.12.2022 1 min read

Central Asia: Freedom of expression online

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Thailand: Content takedown rules will undermine free expression online
15.12.2022 13 min read

Thailand: Content takedown rules will undermine free expression online

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Turkey event: New online censorship law’s impact on freedom of expression
24.11.2022 2 min read

Turkey event: New online censorship law’s impact on freedom of expression

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COP27: Transparency must underpin actions to address climate change
14.11.2022 7 min read

COP27: Transparency must underpin actions to address climate change

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France: Disclose MPs’ expenses under access to information law
07.11.2022 4 min read

France: Disclose MPs’ expenses under access to information law

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Eastern Africa: Take urgent action to support free speech and vital rights
31.10.2022 2 min read

Eastern Africa: Take urgent action to support free speech and vital rights

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Eastern Africa: Digital Technologies Must Respect Human Rights
28.09.2022 7 min read

Eastern Africa: Digital Technologies Must Respect Human Rights

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Right to Know Day: Empowering people and holding the powerful to account
28.09.2022 11 min read

Right to Know Day: Empowering people and holding the powerful to account

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