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.

19.09.2020 10 min read

Inside Expression: September 2020 – We need to use our Right to Know, right now.

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US: Open Letter opposing the Eliminating Abusive and Rampant Neglect of Internet Technologies Act of 2020
17.09.2020 2 min read

US: Open Letter opposing the Eliminating Abusive and Rampant Neglect of Internet Technologies Act of 2020

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Kenya: Official Secrets Act incompatible with freedom of expression standards
14.09.2020 8 min read

Kenya: Official Secrets Act incompatible with freedom of expression standards

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Tanzania: New Content Regulations Criminalise Free Speech Online
31.08.2020 13 min read

Tanzania: New Content Regulations Criminalise Free Speech Online

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Myanmar: ARTICLE 19 briefing highlights freedom of expression concerns amid the COVID-19 pandemic response
31.08.2020 5 min read

Myanmar: ARTICLE 19 briefing highlights freedom of expression concerns amid the COVID-19 pandemic response

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Ghana:  Attacks on journalists on the rise with impunity
18.08.2020 11 min read

Ghana: Attacks on journalists on the rise with impunity

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Kenya: Court of Appeal’s ruling strikes further blow to free expression and privacy
14.08.2020 5 min read

Kenya: Court of Appeal’s ruling strikes further blow to free expression and privacy

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Belarus: Human rights groups make urgent appeal for end to Internet disruptions
11.08.2020 1 min read

Belarus: Human rights groups make urgent appeal for end to Internet disruptions

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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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