Islamabad: The Coalition on Right to Information (CRTI) has constituted the Annual RTI Champion Award to protect and promote citizens’ right to information held by public bodies.
The award ceremony will be held every year on September 28 to celebrate International Right to Know Day. Each year, a citizen, a journalist and an NGO will be given RTI Champion Award who will use right to information laws of Pakistan to have access to information held by public bodies. This year, the RTI Champion award will be given to a citizen who has tried to have access to information held by public bodies through the use of right to information laws.
The award will also be given to a journalist who has used right to information laws for investigative reporting and has persistently advocated for the enactment and implementation of effective right to information laws.
Lastly, the award will also be given to that civil society group which has used RTI legislation for access to information held by public bodies and used the information thus sought in its publications and reports. The Award Committee will consist of eminent personalities and will be tasked to select one winner from each category under the declared criteria.
Interested individuals and organizations are invited to send nominations to Zahid Abdullah at Zahid@cpdi-pakistan.org The deadline for sending nominations is September 17, 2014.