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.

Hong Kong: Authorities declare global war on free speech
16.03.2022 2 min read

Hong Kong: Authorities declare global war on free speech

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Europe: Ensure company data is transparent to bolster impact of sanctions
09.03.2022 9 min read

Europe: Ensure company data is transparent to bolster impact of sanctions

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Guatemala: Journalists must have protection
09.03.2022 2 min read

Guatemala: Journalists must have protection

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UN: Human Rights Council kicks off in Geneva
28.02.2022 12 min read

UN: Human Rights Council kicks off in Geneva

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EU: Research into biometric technologies must be transparent
22.02.2022 6 min read

EU: Research into biometric technologies must be transparent

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Blog: Turkish Internet censorship during the COVID-19 pandemic
11.02.2022 14 min read

Blog: Turkish Internet censorship during the COVID-19 pandemic

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Podcast: Why the right to protest matters
27.01.2022 1 min read

Podcast: Why the right to protest matters

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Europe: ‘Right to be forgotten’ must not extend to media archives
24.01.2022 5 min read

Europe: ‘Right to be forgotten’ must not extend to media archives

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Sudan: Media laws drafted during COVID-19 don’t meet free speech standards
17.12.2021 8 min read

Sudan: Media laws drafted during COVID-19 don’t meet free speech standards

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