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A newsletter containing news, views, articles, investigative stories in the field of

Right to Information

from

Around the World

Issue No: 133

E - Alert

Issue Date: 03-01-2017

 

 

Australia

Minister Kate Jones 'misled house' over audit

The Australian

In response, Ms Jones said departmental audit reports were released to the ABC �under the Right to Information legislation�. The Australian ...

 

Indonesia

Indonesia's forestry ministry takes Greenpeace to court over freedom of information request

Mongabay.com

In October, Indonesia's freedom of information commission ruled in favor of a case brought by Greenpeace, asking the forestry ministry to publish a ...

 

Pakistan

State Life directed to provide info under Freedom of Information Ordinance

The News International

The agency is, therefore, required to provide the requested information to the complainant under the provision of Freedom of Information Ordinance, ...

 

UK

Careless House of Lords' peers and staff lose over �10000 of taxpayer-bought iPads, laptops and ...

The Sun

The figures were revealed to The Sun after we ued the Freedom of Information Act to ask what items had been reported stolen or lost using the ...

 

India

Here's How Much It Costs The RBI To Print New 500 And 2000 Rupee Notes

NDTV

BRBNMPL, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Reserve Bank of India or RBI, said in its reply to an Right to Information (RTI) query that it charges the ...

 

Canada

A Canadian Province Is Refusing to Release Pipeline Safety Reports

Motherboard

�Upon conclusion of the investigation, freedom of information requests for information involved in the investigation will be considered according to the ...

 

Canada

Ontario environment ministry deliberately falsified dates on FOI requests

Toronto Star

... staff at the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change altered dates on freedom of information requests to improve their compliance statistics.

 

Pakistan

Defence ministry refuses to share info under RTI law

The News International

In this connection, it is informed that the information asked by him cannot be provided under Section-8 of the Freedom of Information Ordinance 2002, ...

 

UK

British embassy questioned whether Malaysian PM cleared of corruption

The Guardian

The British cable was released under a freedom of information request made by the Guardian but was heavily redacted to include mostly factual ...

 

Pakistan

Question mark over KP govt's multi-billion rupee ad contract

DAWN.com

Dawn, it may be mentioned, filed two requests with the department of information, government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, under the Right to Information ...

 

India

Row in Uttarakhand over break for namaz

The Hindu

Also, in response to a Right to Information (RTI) application filed in 2010, a copy of which is with The Hindu, the Central government stated that the ...

 

India

Activist approaches rights body with toothache

Times of India

Surat: A right to information (RTI) activist suffering from toothache was compelled to approach the Gujarat State Human Rights Commission (GSHRC) ...

 

UK

The Ministry of Defence lost 759 laptops in 18 months - and they're not alone

Mirror.co.uk

Maurice Frankel, director of the Campaign for Freedom of Information, said: "They are stretching credibility to well beyond its snapping point with some ...

 

Pakistan

KP Assembly spent over Rs5.3m on entertainment last fiscal

The News International

The information, received in response to a request under the Section 7 of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Right to Information Act 2013, shows that over the ...

 

Pakistan

PTI quizzes Punjab about 1000-plus POs on the loose

The Express Tribune

Abbas has sought information on the POs under the Punjab Transparency and Right to Information Act 2013. The report, jointly compiled by the ...

 

Pakistan

No right to know

The News International

While the Right to Information passed in 2014 by the Senate Standing Committee on Information had been applauded by international and local ...

 

UK

Councils have handed out �12million to fix cars damaged by potholes since 2012 and pay ...

The Sun

The massive payouts were revealed by hundreds of Freedom of Information requests to individual councils since 2012. Critics demanded more be ...

 

Pakistan

Right to know faces another blow in 2016

The News International

ISLAMABAD: Another year passes without witnessing the passage of the Right to Information (RTI) legislation. Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz ...

 

India

Man uses RTI to prove his wife is employed

Times of India

He has urged to provide him the information he has sought under the Right to Information (RTI). The information, he said, if given, would be of extreme ...

 

Pakistan

RDA directed to provide details about Metro Bus Project

The News International

The Transparency and Right to Information Act 2013 says "The public information officer is to respond to the request within 14 working days, and if the ...

 

India

Indore: Man thrashed for seeking info on monks with beacon, hooter mounted vehicles

Hindustan Times

On December 8, he had filed a Right To Information (RTI) query seeking information on how many monks belonging to different faiths, were allotted ...

 

India

Official caught paying bribe to RTI activist | Bengaluru NYOOOZ

NYOOOZ

Summary: On Friday, a government official was caught paying a bribe to an Right to Information (RTI) activist to not dig into a particular case.

 

India

In a first, PIO directed to reply to RTI on information commissioner

Times of India

... judicial officer and FAA, the order directed the quasi-judicial institution's PIO T Thilaka to provide information to city-based Right To Information (RTI) ...

 

India

RTI activist murder: 'Case remains unsolved despite arrest of two former cops'

The Indian Express

Based on the documents obtained under Right to Information (RTI) Act, activist Satish Shetty had filed a complaint of cheating and forgery against IRB ...

 

Pakistan

Cataloguing development in KP: CM's aide unveils six-month performance report\

The Express Tribune

Similarly, the Right to Information has received 8,092 complaints out of which the government has taken action on 5,279 applications while 594 are ...

 

Pakistan

Public participation in budget making urged

The News International

PESHAWAR: Speakers at a seminar on the right to information have said public participation in budget making process and transparency in the ...

 

UK

Serious mistakes in NHS patient care are on the rise, figures reveal

The Guardian

Figures obtained under the Freedom of Information Act show that the number of surgical incidents more than doubled between 2013-14 and 2015-16.

 

India

India's transparency regime? 1.88 lakh cases pending before 16 state information commissions, no ...

COUNTERVIEW

A fresh study on the implementation of the Right to Information (RTI) Act, 2006, has said that the collective backlog in the disposal of appeals and ...

 

 

Transparency and Right to Information Program
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A newsletter containing news

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A newsletter containing news, views, articles, investigative stories in the field of

Right to Information

from

Around the World

Issue No: 132

E - Alert

Issue Date: 19-12-2016

 

 

Pakistan

Right to information and security

The Nation

The recent wave of erosion of freedom of information (FOI) laws in Pakistan, has not only given citizens qualified right of access to information held by ...

 

India

14474 cases of HIV through blood transfusion, but the government denies crisis

Scroll.in

An IndiaSpend investigation, through a series of Right to Information requests, has revealed that 14,474 cases of HIV through blood transfusion have ...

 

UK

Underage sexting investigations rise in number as new findings show children as young as six are ...

Daily Mail

In a span of a year - from April 2015 to April 2016 - 2,287 crimes of children possessing, making or distributing indecent images were recorded, ...

 

India

Tamil Nadu universities ignore disabled while hiring

Times of India

Its response to a petition filed under the Right to Information Act, 2005, claimed that three candidates had been recruited under the physically disabled ...

 

India

Pellets and denial of information under RTI Act

Kashmir Life

I had sought information under The Right to Information Act, 2005 (RTI Act) about the quantum and price of sale of pellet guns and cartridges as well ...

 

Pakistan

PTI to further squeeze CM Shahbaz

Pakistan Today

... Constitution of Pakistan and the Punjab Transparency and Right to Information Act 2013, she should be provided with certified information regarding ...

 

Pakistan

Human rights under threat

DAWN.com

Such attacks are not confined to giving sweeping powers to gag agencies under various regulations and attempts to render the Right to Information ...

 

India

No sign of 44 convicts who jumped parole from Ludhiana jails between 2011 and 2016: RTI

Hindustan Times

A right to information (RTI) application has revealed that the police are shying to take stern action against the culprits who have absconded after ...

 

USA

Editorial - Virginia makes minor progress on freedom of information

Richmond.com

After three years, a state advisory council has come up with four tweaks to the state's Freedom of Information Act. One of them: Virginia no longer can ...

 

Australia

Queensland ministers held secret talks on selling off power station

The Australian

The secret negotiations were revealed after a Right to Information request by The Australian, which was blocked by Treasury department officials.

 

India

RWAs join hands to curb commercial activities in residential areas

Bangalore Mirror

The details of these establishments were obtained under the Right to Information Act, and have been submitted to the BBMP chief and head of the ...

 

Pakistan

PTI questions Punjab govt's plan to procure jet for CM

DAWN.com

The letter said the information was being sought under the Punjab Transparency and Right to Information Act 2013. It pointed out a tender notice had ...

 

Philippines

277 requests made in FOI website

Manila Bulletin

As many as 277 requests have been made as of Sunday, December 11, through the country's freedom of information (FOI) website, which is part of the ...

 

UK

Transport for London refuses to publish data about speeding trams

Croydon Advertiser

The authority, which manages the tram network in Croydon, has said in reply to a Freedom of Information (FOI) request that it will not publish the ...

 

USA

Execution costs spike in Virginia; state pays pharmacy $66K

WDBJ7

... receipts provided to The Associated Press through a Freedom of Information Act request after the pharmacy's identifying information was redacted.

 

India

Around 3000 RTI cases pending with SIC

Chandigarh Tribune

It seems that filing an application under the Right to Information (RTI) Act has turned meaningless as a number of cases are lying pending with the ...

 

India

Six doctors found working full-time in more than one college, suspended

The Indian Express

A Right to Information (RTI) query filed by The Indian Express at MMC revealed that since 2012, 18 doctors have been suspended for being posted as ...

 

Pakistan

Most treasury members part of KP's power structure

DAWN.com

The information secured by Dawn from the provincial administration department under the KP Right to Information Act 2013 shows that 47 of the 77 ...

 

India

GSIC slaps Rs 25000 fine on Sancoale PIO

Times of India

... pay a penalty of 25,000 for not responding to Narayan D Naik's request for information which he had sought under the Right to Information (RTI) Act.

 

India

Mumbai's Bhabha hospital wasted 350 litres of blood in 5 years: RTI

Hindustan Times

... has resulted in wastage of 350 liters of blood in the last five years, revealed the reply to an application filed under Right To Information (RTI) Act.

 

Pakistan

Orange Line agreement terms can't be shared: commission

DAWN.com

... transactions and must not agree to terms, which are in conflict with the Constitution or the Punjab Transparency and Right to Information Act 2013.

 

Pakistan

Govt takes steps to stop leakage of classified information

Geo News, Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Instead of tabling Right to Information Bill in the parliament which was approved by the Senate Committee on Information and ...

 

India

Hyderabad: Man creates fake home ministry order, dashes RTI query to governor

Mumbai Mirror

When no response came from the governor's office, Raghuvamsi dashed off a Right to Information Act query asking as to why the recommendations ...

 

Australia

Australia Post refusing to publish managing director's salary

The Sydney Morning Herald

Australia Post refuses to reveal how many millions of dollars its managing director earned last year, despite a freedom of information request from ...

 

 

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Tel: +92 (0) 51-2304987-2304989
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A newsletter containing news, views, articles, investigative stories in the field of

Right to Information

from

Around the World

Issue No: 131

E - Alert

Issue Date: 01-12-2016

 

 

Pakistan

Opposition to introduce its own RTI bill in Senate

The News International

ISLAMABAD: In a significant move, the joint opposition has decided to introduce its own drafted Right to Information (RTI) bill as a private piece of ...

 

Pakistan

Legal hurdle? Punjab information act challenged

The Express Tribune

... and Transparency Act (PITA) has been challenged before the Lahore High Court on claims that the law itself is a hurdle in right to information.

 

India

CIC orders disclosing Machil, Pathribal Court Martial findings

Kashmir Life

It has rejected the idea of invoking Section 8(1)(h) to deny the same information as was demand by Venkatesh Nayak under Right to Information Act.

 

Pakistan

RTI Commission summons HED official as inquiry issue drags on

The News International

PESHAWAR: The Right to Information Commission Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has summoned a senior official in the Higher Education Department on ...

 

Israel

The receipts the Prime Minister's Office won't show

JerusalemOnline

The Prime Minister's Office declined the request from the Movement for Freedom of Information to publish the receipts detailing the expenses of the ...

 

UK

times the amount of ISIS fighters in Iraq than in Syria

The Sun

Figures obtained by The Sun with Freedom of Information requests reveal there have been only 30 RAF attacks in total on Syrian soil since MPs gave ...

 

Pakistan

Right to information violated

The Nation

DERA GHAZI kHAN-The Punjab information commissioner has taken note of the complaint filed by a citizen over violation of the right to information.

 

UK

Report blames secrecy of information for corruption in security agencies

Guardian

It added that the freedom of information's compliance rankings carried out in 2014-2015 showed that the security agencies were the least likely to ...

 

India

Arvind Kejriwal taunts BJP after their U-turn in Supreme Court

Financial Express

... Arvind Kejriwal, in a fresh attack to the new policy, said that the government should bring all political parties under the Right to Information act.

 

UK

West Midlands Police investigate three rape cases linked to Tinder dating app

Birmingham Mail

Of the three West Midlands rape investigations linked to Tinder, one alleged victim could not be traced, according to the Freedom of Information ...

 

India

Gujarat High Court to decide if judge's personal details are subject to RTI

Bar & Bench

... answering a pertinent question: to what extent does a sitting High Court judge's personal details fall under the ambit of the Right to Information Act?

 

Pakistan

Activists call for unity within ranks as security concerns rise

The News International

The other crucial problems identified by the activists, were the grave violations of right to information and freedom of association in Balochistan; on top ...

 

Ireland

Visa requests from Yemen, Eritrea and Iraq most likely to fail

Irish Times

The data was obtained by The Irish Times under Freedom of Information legislation. The Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service, which operates ...

 

Malta

GWU will earn €8.5m from government jobless scheme

Times of Malta

The government has now provided the contract following a request submitted under the freedom of information law. The trade union was selected ...

 

Australia

ASIC forced to explain why it refuses prospectuses

The Australian

Following a two-year freedom of information battle by The Australian, Information Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim on Friday ordered ASIC to hand over ...

 

India

Mumbai: NCP students' wing wants varsity to take action against errant canteens

Free Press Journal

He added that the university has not floated a tender every year for canteens in its campuses, as per RTI (Right to Information) replies he has received.

 

India

Over 2000 seats vacant in medical schools as infra, cost keep students away

Hindustan Times

A reply from the Medical Council of India (MCI) to an HT application filed under the Right to Information Act revealed that just 56,748 seats of the total ...

 

Pakistan

Generals, judges, journalists must also be held accountable

Pakistan Today

But, it is possible only through right to information (RTI) legislation, but the RTI law, despite having been endorsed by Senate Committee on ...

 

India

Bureaucrats tour world, but no accountability

The Asian Age

... revealed information received by The Asian Age under the Right to Information Act. As per the Maharashtra government's circular dated November ...

 

Pakistan

'RTI bill to be presented in next NA session'

DAWN.com

ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Maryam Aurangzeb on Wednesday said that the Right to Information (RTI) bill will be ...

 

UK

UK immigration centres record 218 hunger strikers in three months

The Guardian

According to figures released following a Freedom of Information request, 218 people refused to eat in July, August and September this year.

 

Ireland

More than 50000 adoptees to get right to birth certificates

Irish Times

Illegal adoptions pose complications in searches for birth parents · Adopted people to gain right to information on birth parents · Right to access birth ...

 

India

RTI activists write to Modi against CIC's coffee table book

The Hindu

Pune: City-based Right to Information (RTI) activists have condemned the launch of a coffee table book on 'successful RTI stories' by the Central ...

 

Israel

Prime Minister's Residence's 2015 expenses the lowest in 7 years

Israel Hayom

In response to the Movement for Freedom of Information's request, the Prime Minister's Office said that "the costs of operating the Prime Minister's ...

 

USA

Wrongfully Imprisoned in Gitmo for Years, This Man Finally Won His Freedom

Huffington Post

According to what had been scared up through a Freedom of Information Act request, Obaidullah was accused of being part of an al Qaeda-affiliated ...

 

 

Transparency and Right to Information Program
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Tel: +92 (0) 51-2304987-89
URL: 
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A newsletter containing news, views, articles, investigative stories in the field of

Right to Information

from

Around the World

Issue No: 130

E - Alert

Issue Date: 18-11-2016

 

 

Pakistan

Balochistan to introduce new right to information law

The Express Tribune

QUETTA: Adviser to CM on Information Sardar Raza Mohammad Barech has said a new draft of the Right to Information Law in Balochistan was being ...

 

Pakistan

Balochistan Government Pledges to Table RTI Bill in Assembly in 2 Months

Balochistanvoices.com

Quetta: Balochistan government pledged to table the Right to Information (RTI) bill in assembly within 2 months. This announcement was made by ...

 

India

High impunity and massive backlog choking RTI: Study

The Hindu

A new study on the performance of the adjudicators of the Right to Information (RTI) Act has revealed that information commissions (ICs) imposed the ...

 

India

New notes to cost RBI more than Rs. 12000 crore

The Hindu

Data from a Right to Information answer by the RBI in 2012 shows that it costs Rs. 2.50 to print each Rs. 500 denomination note, and Rs. 3.17 to print a ...

 

USA

Public records and an amusing definition of 'free' (Opinion)

OregonLive.com

Charging for 'open records' makes a mockery of the term 'freedom of information.'" He encouraged fines and firings of employees. Let me reply to ...

 

India

Sports Ministry wants BCCI to be brought under RTI

Economic Times

This is not the first time that the government has tried to get the board under right to information (RTI). In December 2011, then sports minister Ajay ...

 

Pakistan

The Need to Repeal Balochistan Freedom of Information Act 2005

Balochistanvoices.com

Why is effective right to information law important for good governance? It is so because it enables citizens

 

Pakistan

Non-implementation of LHC order: FBR chief issued notice in contempt plea

Business Recorder

... of Revenue (FBR) in a contempt of court petition filed by a tax lawyer following violation of Right to

 

India

PROs posted in all police stations in state

The New Indian Express

They also give the copies of FIR and ensure that the public avail the benefits of Right to Information and Right to Service Acts. They should also work ...

 

USA

How many racing dogs failed drug tests? In Texas, that's confidential

MyStatesman.com

Kelley Shannon, executive director of the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas, said in recent years her organization has observed a steady ...

 

India

Waiting period at RTI commissions ranges between two months and 30 years

Economic Times

NEW DELHI: If you file a Right to Information (RTI) appeal before Assam Information Commission today, you will have to wait for 30 years to get heard.

 

Pakistan

Right to Information Law not at odds with national security: CRTI

The Nation

islamabad - The Right to Information Law is not at odds with the national security of the country and Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan is ...

 

Pakistan

Right to information: Irrigation engineer fined for withholding details

The Express Tribune

LAHORE: The Punjab Information Commission has fined and ordered disciplinary action against a superintendent engineer of the irrigation ...

 

India

Finally, J&K SIC becomes completely defunct; Govt still in deep slumber

Daily Excelsior

Today was his last working day as per the provisions of J&K Right to Information Act and with this the State Information Commission has completely ...

 

India

Book Review: RTI Act – Authentic Interpretation Of The Statute by Shailesh Gandhi & Pralhad Kacheri

Live Law

Just one miniscule part of right to know, i.e., right to information, truncated in myriad forms of expression

 

UK

Powers of attorney rocket as dementia becomes Britain's biggest killer

Telegraph.co.uk

Information released under a Freedom of Information request show that in 2015, 441,500 power of attorney arrangements were set-up, compared to ...

 

India

Sexual assault cases up 280% since 2012

Mumbai Mirror

The report compiled by Praja Foundation using data gathered under the Right to Information (RTI) act

 

India

RTI info exposes plot-allotment scam

Chandigarh Tribune

Information provided by the GLADA authorities under the Right to Information Act revealed that 60 applications for allotment of plots under various ...

 

USA

NYPD Keeps Mayor's Helicopter Use a Secret and it 'Makes No Sense:' Experts

DNAinfo

Brushing aside a Freedom of Information request by DNAinfo New York, the NYPD's Legal Bureau claimed its FOIL Unit was “unable to locate ...

 

UK

Child trafficking victims disappearing from UK care at 'alarming' rate

The Guardian

The new data, drawn largely from freedom of information requests to 217 local authorities across the UK, shows that Thurrock, Hillingdon, Croydon, ...

 

India

University got 278 fake degrees to ratify so far this year: RTI

Times of India

Mumbai: The University of Mumbai finds close to 300 fake degrees every year from among the ones that are sent to it for verification by employers.

 

Sri Lanka

President yet to ratify two RTI Commission nominees

The Sunday Times Sri Lanka

President Maithripala Sirisena is yet to ratify appointments for the remaining two posts of commissioners on the Right to Information (RTI) Commission, ...

 

UK

Just one person fined in UK for smoking with under-18 in car

The Guardian

The research was based on Freedom of Information (FOI) requests to 42 police forces in England and Wales. Only Northumbria police gave a figure ...

 

UK

A third of police forces use anti-spitting hoods on suspects

Telegraph.co.uk

Figures released under the Freedom of Information Act revealed the hoods have been used on 91 people aged under 18 in the last five years, with ...

 

 

 

Transparency and Right to Information Program
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Tel: +92 (0) 51-2304987-89
URL: 
www.cpdi-pakistan.org

 

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A newsletter containing news, views, articles, investigative stories in the field of

Right to Information

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Around the World

Issue No: 129

E - Alert

Issue Date: 01-11-2016

 

 

India

RTI activist shot dead

gulfnews.com

New Delhi: An Indian Right to Information (RTI) activist Bhupendra Veera, who launched multiple campaigns against illegal land dealings and ...

 

UK

Home Office reveals 3 ILLEGAL immigrants get caught every hour entering Britain

Express.co.uk

Data released under Freedom of Information guidelines provides a snapshot of the crisis under Labour and the Tory/Lib Dem Coalition. On average ...

 

UK

Thousands of drivers and passengers are still being caught not wearing seatbelts

Coventry Telegraph

The figures, which came from a Freedom of Information request, also showed the number of motorists who failed to ensure children were buckled up in ...

 

India

Constitution Club pays rent of Rs. 100, earns Rs. 2 crore a year

The Hindu

... and Sridhar Acharyulu declared that the club, a stone's throw from Parliament House, was a “public authority” under the Right to Information Act.

 

India

Withdraw police protection of defaulters: HC to State

Hindustan Times

Punamiya said he got figures under the Right to Information Act. According to the replies he got, Rs23.76 lakh is outstanding against builders, Rs37.52 ...

 

Ireland

Just 7% of FoI requests to An Garda Síochána granted

Irish Examiner

Just 7% of Freedom of Information requests made to An Garda Síochána were granted in the first 14 months after the 2014 FOI Act was extended to ...

 

Pakistan

'Public access to information vital'

The News International

NOWSHERA: Chief Commissioner Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Right to Information Commission Azmat Hanif Orakzai on Thursday said that public access to ...

 

China

China Lags Behind in Rule-of-Law Ranking

Wall Street Journal (blog)

One area where China seemed to progress was in protecting the right to information, moving up

 

Pakistan

Senate likely to reject RTI draft law

The News International

ISLAMABAD: The ineffective Right to Information draft law approved by the federal cabinet after its one-and-a-half dozen meetings since January 2014 ...

 

Philippines

FOI inches close to fruition

Manila Bulletin

... the proposed Freedom of Information (FOI) law (Senate Bill 159) which aims to give flesh to the citizens' constitutional right to information on matters ...

 

India

Death toll of RTI activists goes up to 56

Times of India

National Campaign for People's Right to Information (NCPRI) has demanded an inqu iry in to the murder of Vira. In a letter written to Maharashtra CM ...

 

Pakistan

CRTI rejects govt bill on RTI

The News International

Ironically, the federal government has modelled this bill on the Freedom of Information Ordinance 2002 which it is already trying to repeal due to its ...

 

Pakistan

Federal govt's RTI draft law termed weakest in South Asia

The News International

ISLAMABAD: Tall claims apart, the PML-N government has decided not to walk the talk on the much-awaited Right to Information draft law recently ...

 

Pakistan

CPNE shares reservations on Right to Info Bill

Daily Times

The Right to Information Bill was discussed and the reservations of the editors were conveyed to Principal Information Officer Rao Tahseen Ali Khan ...

 

India

High Court: Army can't deny candidates answersheets

Times of India

... held that Army cannot deprive job aspirants of copies of their written exam answersheet and the merit list under the Right to Information (RTI) Act.

 

USA

Exclusive: WHO cancer agency asked experts to withhold weedkiller document...

Reuters

Multiple subsequent freedom of information requests by the U.S. conservative advocacy group the Energy and Environment Legal Institute (E and E ...

 

Pakistan

Decline of political parties

DAWN.com

After imposing on the people a terrible tool of oppression in the form of the cybercrime act, the authorities have decided to make the right to information ...

 

UK

Clowns, aliens and ghosts: The five weirdest information requests made to West Midlands Police

Birmingham Mail

West Midlands Police have released details of some of their more extraordinary Freedom of Information requests - and some of them make for ...

 

Pakistan

Tale of two bills

DAWN.com

The Right of Access to Information (RAI) and the Right to Information (RTI) bills, approved by the federal cabinet and Senate respectively, provide ...

 

Pakistan

1100 deaths reported in ATH in four months

The News International

BoG Chairman Javed Panni has already challenged the action of Right to Information (RTI) Commission over the request of a senior journalist in the ...

 

Bangladesh

Evolving dimensions of the RTI Act, 2009

Dhaka Tribune

The evolving dynamics within the New World Economic Order prompted the unelected government of Bangladesh to adopt Right to Information as a ...

 

India

Now RTI appellate authority has asked PMO how the Prime Minister's travel bills can be a security ...

Businessinsider India

While the exact figure spent on the Prime Minister's travel around the globe isn't revealed, an RTI or Right to Information Act filed by a retired defence ...

 

 

Transparency and Right to Information Program
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Tel: +92 (0) 51-2375158-9; 4319430
URL: 
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Issue No: 128

E - Alert

Issue Date: 17-10-2016

 

 

Ireland

Judges criticial of plan to alter eligibility for expenses

Irish Times

Documents released by the department, under the Freedom of Information Acts, show judges strongly opposed a plan last year to only permit an ...

 

India

CIC flays I-T 'informer' for using RTI to earn money

Business Standard

The Central Information Commission (CIC) has admonished a Right to Information (RTI) applicant who was allegedly se

 

India

Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis declares Nagpur first digital district of India

The Indian Express

The state has added 169 new online services under the Right to Information Act, taking the total number of services to 369. Through Aaple Sarkar ...

 

Pakistan

Right to Information Commission gets new head

DAWN.com

PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has appointed Azmat Hanif Orkazai as the Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) to the Khyber ...

 

Sri Lanka

* President appoints Right to Information Commission

Colombo Page

Sept 30, Colombo: President Maithripala Sirisena today appointed the Right to Information (RTI) Commission of Sri Lanka upon the recommendation ...

 

UK

BBC bosses spend thousands on taxis on top of £1million company car perks

The Sun

But a Freedom of Information request reveals the 216 staff are also allowed to claim expenses for a string of extra motoring costs. Last year they blew ...

 

UK

'Britain's secret scandal': CHILDREN of alcoholics at RISK due to budget cuts

Express.co.uk

The All Party Parliamentary Group on Children of Alcoholics released the data, gathered through Freedom of Information requests, as part of its ...

 

UK

Police and civilian staff with mental ill health take almost 200000 sick days

Daily Mail

The figures, released by Police Scotland to the Liberal Democrats under Freedom of Information laws, show police officers struggling with mental ill ...

 

Pakistan

Ministry makes mockery of RTI law

The News International

When Zahid Abdullah of the Coalition of Right to Information moved the FO against the Law Ministry for denying the information about the funds spent ...

 

India

Assets of officials' spouse cannot be disclosed under RTI: CIC

The Indian Express

Demanding asset details of spouse and dependents of government officials under the Right to Information Act is “unreasonable and illegal”, the ...

 

India

CIC rejects RTI appeal of Income Tax 'informer' regarding assets of 100 IT officers

Moneylife

Rakesh Kumar Gupta, who claimed to be an informer to the Income Tax department (I-T Dept), filed an application under the Right to Information (RTI) ...

 

India

1.75 crore RTI applications filed since 2005: Study

Economic Times

The first decadal study conducted after Right to Information (RTI) Act implemented in October 2005 has revealed that over 1.75 crore applications have ...

 

Sri Lanka

Government called on to fully constitute RTI commission

Colombo Gazette

RTI The Right to Information Commission arguably the most important component in the framework set up by the RTI Act is yet to be fully constituted ...

 

Sri Lanka

* Sri Lankan government to set up a special office to implement RTI Act

Colombo Page

Oct 06, Colombo: The government is to establish a special office to disseminate information on the Right to Information Act (RTIA) in Battaramulla, ...

 

Pakistan

Orange Line Metro: Will the Supreme Court save Lahore's heritage?

DAWN.com

They filed Right to Information requests and petitions. One of the primary issues brought to court was the legitimacy of the No Objection Certificates ...

 

India

RTI info hints at scam in mobile tower installation

Chandigarh Tribune

... fee charges from PIO, Municipal Council, Khanna, under the Right to Information Act (RTI), indicates a high-level mobile tower scam in the city.

 

Australia

Need to know? Powerhouse Museum accused of thwarting transparency laws as Labor seeks ...

The Sydney Morning Herald

The Powerhouse Museum has been accused of trying to circumvent freedom of information laws by charging exorbitant fees. Labor's Arts spokesman ...

 

India

Right to information: What 11 years of the RTI Act of 2005 have done for India

Firstpost

It was on this day 11 years back that one of the most important laws in India fully came into force. The Right to Information Act, 2005 has helped ...

 

India

Prime Minister is always on duty, PMO replies to RTI query

Chandigarh Tribune

The Prime Minister can be said to be on duty all the time,” the Right to Information (RTI) response from the

 

France

France covers source code with freedom of information laws

Inquirer

ZUT E-LAWS! The French government has added source code to the list of things covered under freedom of

 

Canada

Nova Scotia's Freedom of Information laws are dangerously toothless

The Coast Halifax

Changes need to be made to Nova Scotia's Freedom of Information Act. That's the call being made by critics after premier Stephen McNeil's admission ...

 

Ghana

re determined to pass RTI Bill into law – Bagbin

GhanaWeb

Majority Leader, Hon. Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin, has assured that the Legislature is more determined to pass the Right To Information (RTI) Bill ...

 

India

BSc student goes Right To Information way to get answer sheet copies

Times of India

NAGPUR: Fearing that his application would go unheeded like that of many other students, Bachelor of Science (BSc) student Harshal Mehta of VMV ...

 

India

Unclog the RTI process by making basic information public

Hindustan Times

The first decadal study conducted after the Right to Information (RTI) Act has revealed that over 1.75 crore

 

India

Exclusive: India bad loans mountain grows, risks delaying bank clean-up

Reuters

The latest data obtained by Reuters through a right-to-information request showed stressed loans rose to 9.22 trillion rupees ($138.5 billion) as at ...

 

India

Vexed by 'frivolous' RTI pleas, PMO issues advisory

The Hindu

Annoyed with the non-stop flow of applications under the Right to Information Act (RTI), most of them flippant, the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) has ...

 

India

Now SIC will also be defunct ?

Daily Excelsior

It is more than 7 years now we have Jammu& Kashmir Right to Information Act (J&K RTI Act 2009) in place in our state. It was on March 20th 2009 ...

 

India

From Kejriwal's 'Social Behaviour' To Modi's Suits. What India Wants To Know Through RTIs

ScoopWhoop

According to a recent report, an approximate 4800 Right to Information applications are filed in India everyday. This act, which was passed by ...

 

UK

Dozens of servicemen booted out for being too fat to fight - including 28st man

The Sun

Our findings – admitted by The MoD after a Freedom of Information request – also show that hundreds of military personnel are classified as obese ...

 

UK

Hundreds of Met Police officers left injured in defensive training in just 12 months

Mirror.co.uk

The severity of the injuries were not disclosed in the Freedom of Information request revealed, although bosses at the Met said the 15 most serious ...

 

Pakistan

Right to information: Of all rest houses in Punjab, not one for CM

The Express Tribune

The stopovers include facilities of restaurants, kitchens, barbeque areas as well as parking spots. Some of these resorts have party halls, play area for ...

 

India

HC dismisses plea to record court proceedings, again

The Hindu

The petition said since Right To Information has been recognised as an integral part of the right to life,

 

India

How Gujarat govt refused to make public inquiry commission report on corruption

Times of India (blog)

No doubt, I thought, things would have become easier for those who took the Right to `Information (RTI) route. But I rarely used it. However, my recent ...

 

Bangladesh

"Right to know", not "need to know"

The Daily Star

The overwhelming majority of Right to Information (RTI) laws around the world were enacted in the last quarter of a century, following the end of the ...

 

India

Modi Government Spent Over Rs. 36 Crore On Publicity To Mark 2 Years

NDTV

This information was revealed in response to an Right to Information (RTI) query by IANS. The amount for the six-hour event in Delhi was spent on ...

 

India

Pay Rs 20000 for soft copy: MMRDA

The Asian Age

This was revealed in a reply to a Right To Information query filed by The Asian Age. However, RTI activists have slammed the MMRDA and said that a ...

 

Mexico

The country with the world's best transparency law has a terrible record on transparency

Quartz

Censored or not, the Memory and Truth project exposes the limits of Mexico's freedom-of-information apparatus. Originally, the archive was supposed ...

 

Pakistan

Sindh's proposed Right to Information: A law in the right direction

The Express Tribune

Soon after the elections, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) and Punjab led the way by passing internationally acclaimed Right to Information (RTI) laws and ...

 

India

ormer CIC Shailesh Gandhi authors e-book on RTI

Business Standard

Former Central Information Commissioner Shailesh Gandhi has authored an e-book in order to lend a better interpretation of the Right To Information ...

 

India

RTI for blackmail: HC chides 2 lawyers

Times of India

MADURAI: The Madurai bench of the Madras high court has chided two advocates for misusing the Right to Information (RTI) Act to blackmail people ...

 

 

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Issue No: 127

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Issue Date: 30-09-2016

 

 

India

When Punjab govt bypassed CLP leader in picking 7 RTS panel commissioners

Hindustan Times

... of two members of the Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC) and two information commissioners of the Right to Information Commission.

 

Philippines

Senate to scrutinize FOI exceptions

The Manila Times

Senate Bill 159 or An Act Implementing the People's Right to Information and the Constitutional Policies of Full Public Disclosure and Honesty in the ...

 

UK

Does 'the right to be forgotten' ruling threaten our right to know?

The Guardian

But the right to be forgotten (a right to privacy) clashes with another key right: the right to know (plus freedom of speech, freedom of information and ...

 

India

No financial help to 4 lakh students from minority communities in 2015-16: RTI reply

The Indian Express

According to a response to a Right to Information (RTI) plea by activist Razaullah Khan, the state should have received 7,17,896 applications for ...

 

India

2000 govt organisations to accept online RTI applications

Deccan Chronicle

New Delhi: Around 2,000 Central government organisations will soon be accepting applications under the Right to Information (RTI) Act through ...

 

India

Official refuses RTI information 24 times, fined Rs 2.29 lakh

Deccan Herald

An official has been fined a staggering Rs 2.29 lakh for failing to give information under the Right To Information (RTI) Act in 24 separate instances.

 

USA

Resident: Commission should stop texting, emailing while meeting

Florida Today

... therefore, the public has no way to know of communications or records which should be available through a Freedom of Information Act request.

 

India

Mumbai Man Demands to Know if India is Prepared for Zombies, Alien Invasion

Sputnik International

Ajay Kumar claims that his real motive in making a Right to Information Act request to assess India's zombie and alien-fighting skills was to draw the ...

 

India

Bombay HC concerned over 17000 deaths due to malnutrition in Maharashtra

The Indian Express

One of the petitioners showed the court a reply received through the Right to Information (RTI) Act which said over 17,000 persons, including women ...

 

UK

UK nuclear weapons convoys 'have had 180 mishaps in 16 years'

The Guardian

The incidents catalogued in the report – based on official logs released under the Freedom of Information Act – include fuel leaks, overheated engines ...

 

India

Consider making attendance details of Tamil Nadu assembly members public, info panel suggests

Times of India

... information officer (PIO) of the assembly had informed the TNSIC that these details could not be disclosed in a Right to Information (RTI) petition as it ...

 

Pakistan

FIA ordered to provide details of enquiries to petitioner

The News International

This correspondent had filed a request under Right to Information Act 2002 and sought year-wise details of total number of enquiries and cases ...

 

Pakistan

Journalist, lawyer get RTI Champion Award 2016 Geo's Azaz Syed honoured

The News International

The CRTI in partnership with the Center for Peace and Development Initiatives (CPDI) honors two individuals each year who exercise their right to ...

 

India

India fourth on Right to Information list

Economic Times

NEW DELHI: India has ranked fourth in a worldwide comparative assessment of national legal frameworks for right to information, slipping a rank as ...

 

Bangladesh

People's right to information

The Daily Star

As we observe International Right to Information Day, it is pleasing to know that 76,043 people have sought information from different organisations ...

 

Pakistan

Right to Information Law was need of time: Chandio

Pakistan Observer

karachi —The Advisor to CM Sindh for Information Moula Bux Chandio while addressing at a conference on “Provincial Rights to Information Laws: ...

 

Pakistan

Right to Information and freedom of speech

The Express Tribune

The significance of correlation between the right to information and freedom of expression in protecting and promoting basic human rights can hardly ...

 

Canada

Nova Scotia changes Freedom Of Information, requests to be made online

TheChronicleHerald.ca

In the new year, citizens and journalists will be able to make Freedom of Information and Protection of Requests online, the province said in a news ...

 

Northern Ireland

Revealed: Which Northern Ireland bus lane camera raised £1m in fines in 15 months?

Belfast Telegraph

The figures were released by the Department for Infrastructure after a Freedom of Information request by the Belfast Telegraph. Bus lanes were ...

 

USA

Michigan House passes bills expanding state's Freedom of Information Act

The Peninsula

The Michigan State House of Representatives passed House Bills 5469-5478 on Wednesday to expand and strengthen the state's existing Freedom ...

 

Pakistan

Right to information law as necessary as right to

Business Recorder (press release) (registration) (blog)

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage Senator Pervaiz Rashid said on Monday right to information (RTI) law was ...

 

Pakistan

Journalist, lawyer get RTI Champion Award 2016 Geo's Azaz Syed honoured

The News International

ISLAMABAD: The Coalition of Right to Information (CRTI) Monday conferred RTI Champion Award on Geo TV correspondent Azaz Syed in recognition ...

 

UK

Father of soldier murdered in Iraq blasts Government for hounding troops but failing to find his ...

Telegraph.co.uk

After a request under the Freedom of Information Act, Mr Miller obtained witness statements taken shortly after the Red Caps were killed in June 2003.

 

India

Why I filed an RTI query about our government's preparedness for a zombie invasion

Firstpost

Which brings me to the subject to the Right to Information Act, 2005 (RTI) and the RTI request that I filed with the Ministry of Home Affairs in March last ...

 

Australia

Australian Tax Office claim FOI website Right to Know 'clutters the internet'

The Sydney Morning Herald

The Australian Tax Office has escalated a row with a website that facilitates freedom of information requests, claiming it "clutters the internet".

 

UK

Fertility treatment on NHS hit 12 year low as cash-strapped hospitals ration

Daily Mail

But figures obtained by the charity from Freedom of Information requests show just 17 per cent provide these cycles. This is the lowest number since ...

 

USA

Cost of Clinton-Obama Air Force One flight disclosed

CNBC

For every hour Air Force One is in flight, it costs $206,337, according to a Freedom of Information Act letter obtained by the nonprofit Judicial Watch.

 

 

 

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Issue No: 126

E - Alert

Issue Date: 19-09-2016

 

 

Pakistan

Alleging corruption: RTI commissioner accused of closing incomplete case

The Express Tribune

HARIPUR: The K-P Right to Information commissioner has allegedly closed a complaint without listening to arguments and issuing the requested ...

 

UK

How paedophiles, prostitutes, drug dealers and even a killer have all applied for jobs teaching ...

The Sun

The horrifying statistics, released under a Freedom of Information Request, show that those angling to

 

Pakistan

Corrupt to be protected, info seekers to be punished

The News International

ISLAMABAD: The Sindh government has drafted Right to Information (RTI) law that will protect the corrupt in order to save their “dignity” and penalise ...

 

India

Chief Information Commission asks PMO to respond to RTI query on Modi's black money election ...

Scroll.in

The Central Information Commission on Thursday asked the Prime Minister's Office to reply to a Right to Information application that sought to know ...

 

Australia

Queensland police access social justice advocate's personal file 1400 times

ABC Online

Queensland Council for Civil Liberties advocate Renee Eaves, who does not have a criminal record, submitted a Right to Information (RTI) request in ...

 

India

Information Commissioner posts to be filled

The Hindu

Ever since the Right to Information (RTI) Act became a potent instrument of change for civil society, the posts of Information Commissioners have been ...

 

India

No signature of Sheikh Abdullah on 'Instrument of Accession'

Only Kashmir

The information obtained by social activist Advocate Irfan Hafeez Lone through Ministry of Home Government of India, under Right to Information Act, ...

 

Kenya

President of Kenya signs Access to Information Bill

Citizen

The campaign for enactment of a legislative framework on freedom of information began in 2000 and human rights organisations based in Kenya were ...

 

UK

Woman claims she was raped by Uber driver on back seat after night out

Mirror.co.uk

... involving Uber that have been recorded by GMP since 2015 and obtained by the Manchester Evening News using Freedom of Information laws.

 

Canada

Toronto schools raise less money than rest of region

Toronto Star

... 10 English-language boards in the Greater Toronto Area, according to 2012-13 data obtained by the Star through a freedom of information request.

 

Australia

Waiting list for public houses in Tasmania jumps 21 per cent, reveals Right to Information figures

The Mercury

New Right to Information figures, requested by the state Opposition, show the waiting list has grown from 2882 in April last year to 3489 in August this ...

 

India

Central Information Commission to provide real-time information on RTI appeals

Economic Times

NEW DELHI: Filing a complaint or appeal under Right to Information (RTI) Act, you will now get real time updates. The Central Information Commission ...

 

Pakistan

RTI Commission issues show-cause notice to official

The News International

PESHAWAR: The Right to Information (RTI) Commission has issued show-cause notice to a deputy secretary who is public information officer in ...

 

India

Where's my promised Rs15 lakh, RTI applicant asks PM

domain-B

The Central Information Commission (CIC) has directed the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) to respond to a Right to Information applicant who has asked ...

 

India

"Setback" to Gujarat govt: Information commissioner orders release of report on death of 3 ...

COUNTERVIEW

In a major setback to the Gujarat government, the state information commission, official watchdog of the right to information (RTI) Act, has ordered ...

 

UK

Shock as number of attacks on women in their own homes is on the rise

Express.co.uk

Released under a Freedom of Information request, the Met Police said domestic abusers carried out 2,198 sex offences, including 1,640 rapes.

 

UK

Revenge porn: More than 200 prosecuted under new law

BBC News

However, Freedom of Information responses to the BBC from 31 of the 43 police forces in England and Wales showed there had been 1,160 reported ...

 

India

33 out of 44 posts of teachers vacant at JJ School of Arts

Moneylife

According to information procured by Anil Galgali under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, at present almost 33 out of 44 posts of professors and ...

 

India

AAI incurred 86cr loss at Gujarat airports in FY16

Times of India

As per the information sought under the Right to Information Act (RTI), AAI incurred a losses of Rs 86 crore while managing the airports in Gujarat ...

 

India

RTI application forces former Cong MLC to withdraw medical claims worth Rs 1.9 lakh

Bangalore Mirror

The claims were withdrawn after an application was made under the Right to Information (RTI) Act seeking the doctor's prescriptions. RTI applicant ...

 

India

Info on efficacy of anti-riot pellet gun refused under RTI

Deccan Herald

In its response to a Right to Information Act application, the Ordnance Factory Board cited sections 8(1)(a)

 

India

Foreign students on top among those facing cases of drug-peddling, theft, rash driving

Chandigarh Tribune

... from the Jalandhar Commissionerate regarding the involvement of foreigners and foreign students in crime through the Right to Information (RTI) Act ...

 

India

Jan Dhan 1-rupee trick: Opposition wants answers and an inquiry

The Indian Express

Using information obtained under the Right to Information Act, The Indian Express spoke to nearly 60 savings bank account holders, who had opened ...

 

India

MMRDA seeks legal advice to recover Rs 1577 crore from RIL

Daily News & Analysis

It was a Right to Information (RTI) query by Anil Galgali has brought to light that MMRDA is yet to receive Rs1632.23 crore as premium for its plots in ...

 

Pakistan

KP govt poised to take lead in enacting whistleblower law

The News International

He said the bill would be another milestone after enactment of the Right to Information law. He said certain amendments were suggested and would ...

 

UK

Revealed: the worst Tube stations for pickpocketing

Evening Standard

The statistics, obtained from the Met under the Freedom of Information Act, show 215 pickpocketing crimes at the station between the start of February ...

 

UK

Old photos of Donald Trump, Bill Clinton appear to show chummy relationship

Atlanta Journal Constitution

The photos were released after a Freedom of Information Act request from Politico.

 

India

Maharshtra government: Public Information Officers can't answer RTIs seeking information on them

The Indian Express

In a move to address the long standing complaints of Right to Information (RTI) users, the state government has issued a circular which has now ...

 

Canada

Ontario coalition pushes for transparency on autism policies

Toronto Star

The three-page letter, dated April 18, was obtained by the Star under freedom of information legislation, along with other email correspondence ...

 

USA

News groups sue FBI over hacking of killer's phone

Boston Herald

... against potential improprieties,” states the suit, filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act.

 

UK

Foreign criminals paid thousands of pounds of taxpayers' money to leave Britain

The Sun

... £1.1 million handed out in the 2014/15 financial year. The figures were revealed following a Freedom of Information request by The Sun on Sunday.

 

India

Private engineering college a public authority, must give info, says KIC

Deccan Herald

... private universities, engineering and medical colleges, which have been refusing to furnish information under the Right to Information (RTI) Act.

 

India

'Nasha bhajao, putt bachao': After losing son to drugs, father turns crusader

Hindustan Times

... from different hospitals and drug de-addiction centres from parts of Punjab under the Right to Information Act suggests that the problem is serious.

 

India

Banks told to probe one-rupee deposits into zero-balance accounts: Govt

The Indian Express

Using information obtained under the Right to Information Act, The Indian Express had spoken to nearly 60 savings bank account holders, who had ...

 

 

 

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Issue No: 125

E - Alert

Issue Date: 31-08-2016

 

 

UK

Three patients died after serious incidents and never events at Halton and Warrington Hospitals ...

Runcorn and Widnes World

A Freedom of Information request has revealed that three patients died after serious untoward incidents and never events at Halton and Warrington ...

 

India

Info panel slaps Rs1-lakh penalty...

Chandigarh Tribune

Taking a serious note of non-compliance of the provisions of the Right to Information Act, the Chief Information Commissioner (CIC), Punjab, SS ...

 

India

SC to decide if it comes under RTI Act

Chandigarh Tribune

... Bench of the Supreme Court will decide if the apex court is bound to disclose details of its functioning under the Right to Information (RTI).

 

Pakistan

Practice of secrecy amid promise of transparency

The News International

The ruling party's manifesto reads: “Right to information law based on international best practices shall be

 

Pakistan

RTI Act to be extended to Malakand

Daily Times

PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Right to Information Act is implanted in the province and in near future it will be extended to the Malakand ...

 

UK

Journalists and police join forces to oppose corruption investigation secrecy

The Guardian

But this secrecy would also require changes to the Right To Information Act around the notification of decisions “including reasons [for] refusal of ...

 

India

118 sexual harassment cases filed in BMC in 4 years, reveals RTI

Hindustan Times

... Municipal Corporation (BMC) officials have registered 118 cases of sexual harassment in its offices, reveals a right to information (RTI) response.

 

India

Army canteens most profitable retail chain in India, ahead of Future & Reliance Retail

Economic Times

... earned Rs 236 crore during FY14-15, according to a Right to Information query. Comparatively, Avenue Supermart, which runs D'Mart stores, made ...

 

UK

Rights group challenges FoI refusal in Libyan rendition case

The Guardian

The previous month Reprieve submitted a request to the Cabinet Office under the Freedom of Information Act asking whether any of its ministers or ...

 

UK

Revealed: Full scale of domestic abuse in London as police deal with 76000 incidents in one year

Evening Standard

The data, released under the Freedom of Information Act, did not include child victims unless they were also an informant or witness, as offences ...

 

Australia

Sydney buses are far from space age

dailytelegraph.com.au

... buses have 756,000km or more on their odometers — to the Moon and back — according to figures released under the Freedom of Information Act.

 

Ireland

Discipline probes see 11 gardaí quit force

Irish Examiner

Details of the scale of alleged serious breaches of discipline within the force were released under the Freedom of Information Act. Documents reveal a ...

 

Pakistan

Draft law: Cabinet likely to review Right to Information bill

The Express Tribune

ISLAMABAD: The federal cabinet is expected to take up the draft of the Right to Information Bill, 2016, in its next meeting. But the information ministry is ...

 

UK

Want to spy on the UK? Fill in a form: Foreign agencies 'are using Freedom of Information requests ...

Daily Mail

It's thought of as a world of dead-letter drops, hidden cameras and cutting-edge gadgetry. But the truth behind modern espionage may actually be ...

 

India

'One KTC bus breaks down every second day'

Times of India

The data was made available by Goa Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC) under information obtained right to information (RTI). Kadamba transport ...

Cong promises KTC revamp after polls - Oherald

 

India

Sex ratio set to fall around 800 in U'khand: Study

Chandigarh Tribune

The utilisation certificates (UCs) of the NDKY provided to the Asian Centre for Human Rights by the authorities under the Right to Information Act (RTI) ...

 

India

PM to release success stories of RTI Act

Press Trust of India

New Delhi, Aug 23 (PTI) Prime Minister Narendra Modi will release success stories of Right to Information (RTI) Act, during a programme to be held in ...

 

UK

Rejected recyclable waste up 84% in England since 2011, data shows

BBC News

A BBC Freedom of Information request found councils were unable to recycle 338,000 tons of waste in 2014-15 - up from about 184,000 tons in ...

340000 tons of recycling sent to landfill because of confusion about rules - Daily Mail

 

USA

Immigrant detainees in Georgia more likely to be deported than detainees elsewhere

Southern Poverty Law Center

This analysis is based on data released by ICE through a Freedom of Information Act request for FY 2015. It compares data from the Stewart and Irwin ...

 

Sri Lanka

Government to establish National Information Centre

Ceylon Daily News

... and accurate official information to the public is a key responsibility of the government, reaffirmed by the recently adopted Right to Information Act.

 

USA

The Pentagon's use of FOIA is flawed. Now it wants to make it even stricter.

Washington Post

A wide-ranging group of government transparency advocates asked Congress on Wednesday to block new changes to the Freedom of Information Act ...

 

Tanzania

Tanzania: Will Tanzania Get a 'State-of-the-Art' Information Law?

AllAfrica.com

Initially, a document dubbed the "Freedom of Information Bill" was released by the Directorate of

 

Pakistan

Govt will soon table 'Right to Information Bill' in NA: Pervaiz

Radio Pakistan (press release)

Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid says the government would soon table Right to Information Bill in the National Assembly. Speaking at a ceremony ...

 

India

No records available on AgustaWestland deal: Defence Ministry, IAF

The Indian Express

Under the Right to Information Act, an application was filed with the Defence Ministry seeking complete records related to the deal, including price ...

 

India

BMC road scam: Police likely to arrest 30 more civic body officials

Hindustan Times

Right to Information (RTI) activist, Anil Galgali, had complained to state lokayukta ML Tahilyani, about the delay in action against civic officials. He also ...

 

India

18 years on, Malawali village yet to get metalled road

Chandigarh Tribune

A resident of the village Kuljeet Singh Malawali, who managed to get information through right to information, said, “The road was last paved by the ...

 

India

From violence to impersonation: Over 800 students penalised by JNU

The Sunday Guardian

... and possessing liquor and ganja, according to information provided by the JNU administration in reply to a Right to Information (RTI) petition.

 

Malta

Has the Freedom of Information Act worked?

Times of Malta

Other very important documents were not published because the Freedom of Information Act was, coincidentally, only introduced a few months before ...

 

UK

Soaring number of children being taken into care for abusing and beating up parents

The Sun

The shocking results were revealed after Freedom of Information requests by The Sun on Sunday to all 149 councils in England. And the 62 known ...

 

UK/Bangladesh

Bangladeshi jail 'cover-up' as UK journalist faces trial

The Guardian

Freedom of information requests have been rejected by the MoJ on the basis of “protecting national security”, alongside diplomatic reasons.

 

Pakistan

Public's right to information

Daily Times

Access to information has been recognised as a fundamental right of people across the world as well as in Pakistan. Right to information was formally ...

 

India

SC rejects petition to stop royalty to Mysuru Maharaja

Hindustan Times

In response to his queries made under the Right to Information (RTI) law, Urs learnt the state released `75 lakh between 2012 and 2014 as part of its ...

 

India

Disciplinary Action on 7 JNU Students Every Month from 2010 to June 2016: RTI

News18

... an average against seven students every month in the last six-and-a-half years for violation of rules, according to an Right to Information (RTI) query.

 

UK

More than 1000 rapes and sexual assaults reported at London schools in four years

The Independent

A Freedom of Information request found that more than 15 per cent of the rape allegations were reported in Croydon, where 13 rapes were recorded.

 

UK

British police criticised for lack of transparency in Bahrain training deal

The Guardian

In a recent response to a freedom of information request submitted by the campaign group of Reprieve, the college gave a broad outline of the courses it ...

 

Pakistan

Up on website: KP health ministry makes medicine rates public

The Express Tribune

Officials said since a law was already in place and people could get the information by filing an application under the Right to Information Act, 2014, ...

 

 

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Issue No: 124

E - Alert

Issue Date: 16-08-2016

 

 

USA

ama's Trip to Paris Climate Change Conference Cost Taxpayers $4165068.40

CNSNews.com

... which Judicial Watch obtained through a lawsuit under the Freedom of Information Act

 

India

75 children went missing in 26 months in Jalandhar

Hindustan Times

Hindustan Times received information about details of missing children under the Right to Information Act, 2005. As per information given by the police ...

 

Sri Lanka

RTI: 2nd best Act in South Asian Region - Media Minister

Ceylon Daily News

“The best example is the bogus tales carried about the Right to Information Act (RTI), that this Act would limit the independence of journalists and…

 

India

62 pilots grounded in 6 months for violating air safety norms

Hindustan Times

“In the era of the Right to Information Act, there should be no opaqueness. If an airline has defaulted, the regulatory body should make it public,” said ...

 

Australia

Mobile speed cameras reap $3.6m in Melbourne's east in 2015

Herald Sun

Freedom of Information documents from the Department of Justice revealed the top locations across the municipality which stung motorists $3,635,733 ...

 

UK

Children with mental health problems forced to wait up to THREE YEARS for treatment

Mirror.co.uk

Figures released under the Freedom of Information Act show youngsters battling depression, eating disorders and self harm are having to wait weeks ...

 

Ireland

Authorities left in dark after toxic mineral exposed at quarry

Irish Times

The exact details of the sites have been excised from documents provided under freedom of information. However, there are mentions of new cycle ...

 

Ireland

Fears grow over nuclear power agreements with UK after Brexit

Irish Independent

Documents released following a Freedom of Information request reveal high-ranking civil servants fear information exchanges will be under threat ...

 

Canada

Ontario's $300 billion in debt explained

Toronto Sun

He reported he's made six freedom of information requests. Four of these requests have been partially fulfilled and two have not been fulfilled.

 

India

RTI revelation: Rs 2958 crore spent on Ganga 'clean-up' without visible results

Economic Times

The response to a Right to Information (RTI) poser by a Aishwarya Sharma, a Class 10 student from the city, to the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) has ...

 

UK

Forget flossing: four alternative ways to keep your teeth healthy

The Guardian

The truth is out: a Freedom of Information request in the US has revealed that flossing could be a waste of time. So what can you do to protect your ...

 

Pakistan

Ombudsman asks PCB to share inquiry reports on match fixers

The News International

ISLAMABAD: In a major decision on right to information, the federal ombudsman has directed the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to share details of ...

 

India

Maggot-infested patient lies unattended in washroom at Amritsar govt hospital

Hindustan Times

We are short of manpower to deal with our rush.” Rajendra Sharma, the Right to Information (RTI) activist who brought the man to the hospital, said: “I ...

 

UK

Bowel cancer: 29% of UK hospitals not following guidance on testing younger patients

The Guardian

In Northern Ireland, 100% of hospitals that responded to a freedom of information request were conducting the screening. In Scotland, 93% of ...

 

UK

How YOU pay thousands for police chiefs' household bills and private healthcare

Daily Mail

The scale of the benefits enjoyed by senior officers has emerged only after hundreds of Freedom of Information requests by the Mail Investigations ...

 

India

Convict's RTI petitions force EC to crack whip on missing electoral rolls

Times of India

CHENNAI: A series of Right to Information (RTI) petitions by a convict lodged in Puzhal prison has inadvertently resulted in the Chief Electoral Officer ...

 

India

Mumbai: No doctors to hear out patients at civic hospitals

Mid-Day

A Right To Information (RTI) application filed by a doctor has revealed that out of the eight posts for audiologists in all the four major hospitals — KEM, ...

 

India

NU debars principal accused of sexual harassment

Times of India

... gave impartial report, she was being allegedly harassed by Jumde by filing numerous applications under Right to Information (RTI) Act, seeking her ...

 

USA

Anti-Trump group files request for Melania's immigration papers

New York Daily News

The Democratic Coalition Against Trump has filed a Freedom of Information Act request to make public the potential first lady's immigration papers ...

 

Sri Lanka

Full text of Right To Information Act

The Sunday Times Sri Lanka

Speaker Karu Jayasuriya signed the Right To Information Act No. 12 of 2016 recently. Here is the full text of

 

Australia

How schools are failing some of NSW's most vulnerable students

The Sydney Morning Herald

Documents obtained under freedom of information laws reveal scores of disturbing allegations about bullying and abuse of students with disability in ...

 

USA

Villanova Professor Sues CIA Over … Bay of Pigs?!

Philadelphia magazine

He's submitted three Freedom of Information Act requests with the CIA in an attempt to get the agency to release the document, but the CIA hasn't.

 

India

Left out in the cold: Hindus who fled Pakistan await Indian citizenship

Hindustan Times

The NDA government says more than 4,200 people have got citizenship between 2014 and 2015 but a Right To Information application revealed the ...

 

India

Pay check: Modi pulls Rs 1.6 lakh per month, far less than his secretary

Catch News

Earlier this week, the Prime Ministers Office (PMO) divulged the salary of all top officials in the department as per the Right to Information Act and it ...

 

UK

Romanian murderer could receive £500000 payout for being unlawfully detained at an immigration ...

Telegraph.co.uk

A separate freedom of information request made by the charity Citizens UK found that between 2012 and 2015, individuals wrongfully detained ...

 

India

Maharashtra: Sex crimes against children on rise; 11123 cases pending in courts

The Indian Express

The government figures were obtained under the Right to Information Act from the office of the Assistant Registrar (High Court), Appellate Side, in the ...

 

India

Unable to find India's poorest man, PMO returns Rs 1 lakh to Rajasthan donor

India Tribune

The government has no idea and it cannot find out either, the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) told a retired school teacher from Rajasthan who last year ...

 

Ireland

Four PSNI officers avoid potential disciplinary action by retiring

Irish Mirror

... 129 police officers have retired whilst facing a misconduct investigation since 2011-12 according to answers to our Freedom of Information requests.

 

India

Finding the right measure

The Hindu

A Right to Information query by divyabhaskar.com revealed that the government in Gujarat is funding separate cremation grounds for the Scheduled ...

 

 

 

Transparency and Right to Information Program
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Issue No: 122

E - Alert

Issue Date: 30-06-2016

 

 

Sri Lanka

Right to Information: A new journey begins

Sri Lanka Guardian

(June 25, 2016, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) On June 24, 2016, Parliament unanimously adopted the Right to Information (RTI) law. This marks the ...

 

Pakistan

Encroachers will have to face severe penalties: GDA

Pakistan Observer

Right to Information unit has been established so that people will be able to get more information regarding the development projects from the officials.

 

India

Maharashtra lost 530 sq km green cover to government, private projects in 28 years

Times of India

... of forest cover to government and private projects in a period of 28 years from 1987 to 2015, a query under the Right to Information Act has revealed.

 

Pakistan

PIC summons university registrar on 27th

The News International

... University registrar on June 27 for violating the Right to Information Act and not sharing information to a complainant regarding recruitment of admin ...

 

Pakistan

Foreign policy briefing: PM summons all diplomats to Islamabad after Eid

The Express Tribune

The minister told the newly-elected CPNE panel that the draft of the Right to

 

Sri Lanka

Right to Information Bill passed

Ceylon Daily News

The Right to Information Bill was unanimously passed with amendments in Parliament yesterday. Mass Media and Parliamentary Reforms Minister ...

 

Pakistan

Commission directs Punjab govt to share info on Orange Line Project

The News International

“The amount to be spent on this project is a public money; hence, in view of Article 19-A read with Punjab Transparency and Right to Information ...

 

India

RTI act being used to harass government officials in Gujarat

Times of India

GANDHINAGAR: Government officials in Gujarat tasked with finding answers to Right To Information Act (RTI) queries filed by their fellow citizens, say ...

 

Pakistan

Police cover up escape of militants, criminals from Mardan Police Lines

DAWN.com

The police, in a request under the Right to Information Act, sent through the inspector general of police on June 1, 2016, to seek details of the incident, ...

 

Pakistan

Public information: UET told to provide meeting record by July 5

The Express Tribune

The commissioner said the view of the respondents was not in line with the provisions of the Punjab Transparency and Right to Information Act 2013.

 

India

GRABBING OF 650 KANALS OF KAHCHARIE LAND

Greater Kashmir

In support of his contention, the petitioner produced a reply copy he had received through Right to Information Act as proof that the land in question is ...

 

UK

'Insidious' tech firms must protect children online, says campaigner

The Guardian

Out of 44 police forces, 38 responded to a freedom of information request that revealed 3,186 recorded sexual crimes against children in which the ...

 

India

Delhi University rejects another RTI query over PM Modi's degree

Daily News & Analysis

The University of Delhi has once again rejected right to information (RTI) query seeking details about Prime Minister Narendra Modi's degree.

 

Israel

Netanyahu's Household Expenses in 2014: 2 Million Shekels, Paid for by Taxpayers

Haaretz

Freedom of Information request reveals invoices from Netanyahu's state and private residences: 1,400 shekels a day for cleaning, nearly 60,000 for ...

 

USA

State agency withholds trove of prison records — from basic info to overdose video

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Bill Lueders, the president of the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council, characterized the department's response as outrageous. "You've paid ...

 

India

MP files RTI plea to seek details of police combing op

Times of India

Aurangabad: MP Chandrakant Khaire has shot off a fresh Right To Information (RTI) application, seeking details of a recent combing operation against ...

 

USA

Bob Dunning: First rule of cheating? Don't get caught

Davis Enterprise

Using the Freedom of Information Act, “the Journal asked 50 public universities with large foreign enrollments how many reports of alleged ...

 

India

Cancel state nod to Priyanka for house near The Retreat, says Himachal BJP

The Indian Express

... making public details of the permission granted to her when activist Devashish Bhattarcharya sought it through a Right to Information (RTI) plea.

 

India

vermin

The Hindu

Right to Information queries by animal rights activist Gauri Maulekhi and viewed by The Hindu show that the environment ministry, in September 2015, ...

 

Pakistan

Significance of accountability

Daily Times

Conscious efforts were made to improve the access to the Right to Information Act. And a culture of e-transparency has also been introduced by ...

 

Israel

Court rejects petition to review all of PM's 2014 receipts

Israel Hayom

The Jerusalem District Court rejected Thursday a petition from the Movement for Freedom of Information that would have required the Prime Minister's ...

 

Canada

The FOI Raccoon Digs Through Council's Emails, DMs, and BBMs

Torontoist

Torontoist launched this column two weeks ago with the goal of holding public institutions accountable with freedom of information requests, and to ...

 

USA

Photographs of Bill Clinton together with Donald Trump to be released

Telegraph.co.uk

... said the pictures will be released on September 9 following an application under America's Freedom of Information Act by the Buzzfeed website.

 

Pakistan

Punjab University's denial of right to information has slashed question marks over the institution's ...

The Nation (blog)

Under the Punjab Transparency and Right to Information Act 2013, the enquirer, Sarmad Ali had previously asked the Registrar in writing about the ...

 

India

Delhi govt tells RTI activist that his campaign to include RTI Act in school syllabus duly noted

Times of India

DEHRADUN: After his idea of including the Right to Information Act (RTI) in the school curriculum found little local support, RTI activist Ajay Kumar, ...

 

India

nance, CIC tells govt

Press Trust of India

Exercising his right to information (RTI), Venkatesh Nayak had in January last year sought from the President's secretariat photo copies of all materials ...

 

USA

Animal rescuer sues University of Illinois over files on dogs, cats in research

Chicago Tribune

The group's supporters filed dozens of Freedom of Information Act requests as part of a national campaign to get information on animals used in labs ...

 

 

Transparency and Right to Information Program
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Issue No: 121

E - Alert

Issue Date: 16-06-2016

 

 

Pakistan

Right to information and bureaucratic shenanigans

The News on Sunday

Ever since right to information laws have been put in place in the country, there is

 

Canada

Toronto police stations had about $16K worth of goods stolen over past 5 years

Toronto Star

The report, obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, revealed the single biggest theft was an envelope containing more than $2,500 in cash for ...

 

UK

UK pays £5.5m to defunct European defence organisation

BBC News

The payments were revealed by a Freedom of Information request. The BBC's FOI request disclosed that payments have been made to cover residual ...

 

USA

Legal settlements at Veterans Affairs more than tripled

New York Daily News

... to $338 million in 2015 from $98 million in 2011, according to Treasury Department data obtained via a Freedom of Information Act request.

 

Bangladesh

Women face more barriers to accessing information

The Daily Star

She said studies carried out in Liberia and Guatemala showed existence of similar inequity in the exercise of right to information between men and ...

 

India

Bad blood: 2234 get HIV after transfusion

The Hindu

The data was revealed by National AIDS Control Organization (NACO) in response to a Right to Information query by activist Chetan Kothari.

 

India

Six Mumbai Metro officials getting paid more than Maharashtra Chief Minister

Mid-Day

A Right to Information has revealed that the salaries of six Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC) officials are higher than that of Maharashtra Chief ...

 

Pakistan

RTI law amendments yet to be cleared

The Express Tribune

PESHAWAR: A draft proposing amendments to the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Right to Information Act (RTI) 2013 has yet to be cleared even though it has ...

 

Canada

Health ministry ordered to disclose names on OHIP billings

Toronto Star

In April 2014, the Star filed a freedom-of-information request, seeking names of the top 100 billers, their specialties and the amounts each received ...

 

India

Whistleblower exposed many building violations

Times of India

Incredibly agile and sharp, he was a seasoned Right to Information (RTI) activist who obtained incriminating documents on corruption in various state ...

 

USA

Request for Clinton emails would take 75 years to complete

New York Daily News

That's how long the U.S. State Department said it will take to fulfill a Freedom of

 

Sri Lanka

* Sri Lanka's Right to Information Bill in Parliament on June 21st

Colombo Page

June 08, Colombo: The amended Right to Information Bill will be presented in Sri Lanka parliament on 21st June, the Government announced today.

 

Pakistan

On SC order, Punjab Police directed to share with public details of its functioning

The News International

... organisation and designate public information officer to respond to public queries under the Punjab Transparancy and Right to Information Act 2013.

 

Pakistan

'Budget documents not for public viewing'

The Express Tribune

This was the reply of a finance ministry official when Centre for Peace and Development Initiatives (CPDI) executive director contacted him and ...

 

Pakistan

Right to Information Act being violated, says citizen

The News International

MANSEHRA: A citizen has complained that Right to Information Commission of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa constituted under the Right to Information Act in ...

 

Bangladesh

Proactive disclosure needed for easier flow of info

The Daily Star

The publication contains lessons learnt from the Right to Information (RTI) Camp organised at Shinghajhuli in Chowgacha upazila of Jessore last year.

 

India

Mumbai: Only 6.67% of complaints being probed by ACB, reveals RTI

Daily News & Analysis

This information was provided under the Right to Information Act. The ACB mainly probes officers against whom complaints of corruption have been ...

 

India

Coming soon: IGNOU to offer diploma course on RTI

Hindustan Times

In order to encourage people to understand societal relevance of the Right to Information Act and its nuances, the Indira Gandhi National Open ...

 

Malta

Government says 'no' to most Times of Malta requests for information

Times of Malta

Most of the applications by this newspaper made to the government under the Freedom of Information Act over the past months were rejected.

 

India

India lost almost 7 billion units of electricity due to water shortages this year, says report

Scroll.in

The document was compiled from daily outage reports of the Central electricity Authority and Right to Information replies from National Thermal Power ...

 

UK

Migrants try to sneak into Britain at a rate of one every six minutes, official figures show

Daily Mail

The figures – released under a freedom of information request to the Daily Express – do not include the estimated tens of thousands of migrants who ...

 

India

MSc students seek access to practical marks under RTI

Times of India

... Institute of Science have demanded access to their practical assessment marks under the Right to Information (RTI) Act.

 

Pakistan

'Citizens Budget' document issued

DAWN.com

... transparency in managing public finances as intended by the promulgation of KP Right to Information Act, 2013, and KP Right to Services Act, 2013.

 

India

Prove you are Indian, MHA asks RTI applicant before disclosing Ishrat probe panel details

The New Indian Express

As per Right to Information Act, 2005, only Indian citizens can seek information. Usually, a proof of citizenship is not required to file an application ...

 

India

Delhi Dealing With A Drought Of Its Own, City's Ponds And Marshes May Soon Be History

Indiatimes.com

Information provided by different government agencies under the Right to Information Act (RTI) reveals that a sizeable number of Delhi's ponds, lakes ...

 

USA

Celebrating Freedom of Information Act reform in Congress, and the road ahead

Sunlight Foundation (blog)

Monday's vote in the U.S. House of Representatives to send the FOIA Improvement Act of 2016 to the White House is the culmination of a decade of ...

 

 

Transparency and Right to Information Program
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From

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Issue No: 120

E - Alert

Issue Date: 30-05-2016

 


Pakistan

PanamaLeaks highlights need for enactment of RTI law

The News International

In such a scenario, it is all the more important to strengthen democratic institutions in the country through an effective Right to Information (RTI) law.


India

358 departments default on public disclosures norms: Centre

Economic Times

NEW DELHI: Over 350 government departments have defaulted in following norms for


India

Mumbai: Only 1 out of 453 BMC-aided schools follows RTE

Mid-Day

... admission mandates under the RTE quota, as the authorities revealed in a response to an RTI (Right To Information) query filed by a law student.


USA

Virginia's Freedom of Information Advisory Council mulls changes to state's FOIA law

FierceGovernmentIT

Virginia's Freedom of Information Advisory Council intends to recommend changes to the state's open records and meeting law next month, reported ...


UK

Poppi Worthington: Council spent £12000 trying to keep tragic toddler's case secret

Telegraph.co.uk

"The original Freedom of Information request from the North West Evening Mail asked for costs related to this application. This cost was around £700.


UK

Thousands on the run after skipping court bail

BBC News

Figures were supplied following Freedom of Information requests to all 39 police forces in England. The BBC asked for details of arrest warrants ...

13000 suspected and convicted criminals on run after skipping bail - The Guardian


Pakistan

'Approved summary not exempt from disclosure'

DAWN.com

... Lahore college, seeking a direction to the provincial higher education department to give him certain information under the Right to Information Act.


India

After Nehru, Rajasthan erases RTI Act from textbooks

The Hindu

... the Bharatiya Janata Party regime has deleted a chapter on the Right to Information (RTI) movement from the class VIII social science textbook.


India

Emperor Ashoka was the first to grant right to information

The New Indian Express

COLOMBO: Indian Emperor Ashoka was the first to conjure up and grant his subjects the Right To Information (RTI), says Indian RTI activist Venkatesh ...


Pakistan

RTIC asks Pesco to provide information to requester or face action

The News International

PESHAWAR: In a watershed decision, the chief commissioner Right to Information Commission (RTIC) Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has directed the ...


Scotland

One in every 400 people in one Scottish post code is a registered sex offender - we reveal area ...

Scottish Daily Record

Statistics held by police, and released under the Freedom of Information Act, show the locations of 3900 offenders across 350 post code districts.


UK

Council closed libraries to cut costs, then spent more to guard them

The Guardian

The freedom of information response shows that from 31 March, when the libraries closed, until 15 April, when the request was made, Lambeth spent ...


UK

UK has hundreds of deadly wild pets - and there could be one living near you

Mirror.co.uk

The data was obtained by the Press Association, which sent Freedom of Information requests to every licensing authority in the UK, of which 363 ...


India

Lost and mostly found? Police say yes but the numbers don't add up

Newslaundry

What's surprising is that the information has been gathered from the Delhi Police's responses to various Right to Information (RTI) queries filed by CRY ...


USA

What Isn't Covered by the Attorney-Client Exemption to FOIA?