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Issue No: 167 E - Alert Issue Date: 19-09-2018
 

India
A 65 LS member, 29 RS members yet to declare assets, reveals RTI
India TV
Out of the MPs belonging to the lower house, 61 have not furnished their details since 2014, while four recently came to the house through by-elections..

 

Pakistan
Over Rs1 billion spent on KP Ehtesab commission in four years
DAWN
Details obtained under the KP Right to Information Act, 2013 show that provincial finance department released Rs1.056 billion to KPEC till May 2018..

 

England
Home Office takes years to answer information requests
BBC
There have been 192 freedom of information cases which the Home Office has taken longer than a year to answer in the past three years

 

Bangladesh
Of political parties, general elections and RTI in Bangladesh
Daily Star
RTI law allows citizens to seek information from government and public bodies on matters relating to their functions…

 

US
US rejects request for information on Idaho wolf attacks
IDAHO STATE JOURNAL
Investigations into livestock deaths in Idaho blamed on wolves don't have to be made public, the U.S. government says..


India
An RTI salute to Kuldip Nayar
National Herald
His contribution to the RTI movement is perhaps the lesser known of his many contributions as a journalist....

 

Pakistan
Government to appoint an information commission soon: Barrister Wahab Murtaza
Daily Times
Government of Sindh was soon going to form an Information Commission in order to ensure that every citizen had the right to information.

 

Srilanka
RTI law allows citizens to seek information from government and public bodies on matters relating to their functions.
Daily Mirror
This is not what we assumed. These private institutions had not even appointed an RTI officer…

 

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Issue No: 166 E - Alert Issue Date: 28-08-2018
 

Nepal
RTI Footprints in South Asia: Tapping its potential for public causes
Newspaper
Majority of around 115 countries worldwide which have adopted the law so far have done so in little..

 

Pakistan
Parliament pledges promises to Pakistan
The News
The oath-taking ceremony administered by the outgoing Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq also marked the start of the parliamentary process..

 

Malaysia
Govt to formulate Freedom of Information Act: Liew
The Sun Daily
The government will formulate the Freedom of Information Act so as to be in line with the promise made..

 

Jamaica
Access To Information Vs Official Secrets
The Cleaner
The public's right to access information concerning the activities of the government and its agents is an indelible feature of a vibrant democracy….. 

 


India
CIC divided over bringing political parties under RTI
The Economic Times
The issue of bringing political parties under the ambit of the Right to Information (RTI) Act is threatening to spiral..

 

USA
Freedom of Information Commission
New Cannanite
The town of New Canaan violated state sunshine laws by failing to notice or open to the public..

 

India
Varsity’s RTI cell seeks attestation of docus for query, student cries foul
The Times of India
The issue came into focus when a student applied to the university under Right to Information Act 2005 with self attested documents, but was told….

 

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Issue No: 165 E - Alert Issue Date: 16-08-2018
 
Pakistan
Quick, transparent reforms for tribal districts
Express Tribune
K-P Chief Information Commissioner Hanif Orakzai shared his plan to extend the provincial right to information (RTI) law to the Malakand division

Bermuda
47% Of 136 PATI Requests Granted Last Year
Bernews

This is according to the Information Commissioner’s Office Annual Report 2017 on the operation of the Public Access to Information [PATI], which has been tabled in both Houses of Parliament and is now available to the public..

Ghana
THE RIGHT TO INFORMATION BILL: HISTORY MUST NOT REPEAT ITSELF- Coalition on RTI
GBC
The Coalition on the Right to Information, Ghana wishes to express their disappointment at the slow pace at which Parliament has handled the consideration stage of the Bill so far and hopes..

India "
65% of Delhi government schools are headless
The Times of India
Asked about the huge number of vacant principal posts AAP leader said that the recruitment was a matter of services….. 

Pakistan
Govt depts disregard eRTI system
DAWN
The electronic application system introduced by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Right to Information Commission in Peshawar has failed to deliver the goods due to the lack of interest..

India
Changes in RTI Act's privacy clause will allow corrupt babus to escape public scrutiny: IC
Business Standards

We need to emphasize that any proposal to amend provisions of the RTI Act shall not be taken up without wide ranging consultation..

Nepal
Law ministry sends back draft bills to ministries
The Himalayan
Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs has sent back draft bills related to Fundamental Right and Duties of the constitution to the ministries concerned..

India
India Takes First Step Towards Data Protection
Light Reading
Broadly, the bill incorporates many accepted principles to guarantee privacy for citizens. It indicates that a notification must be sent to individuals before data can be..
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Issue No: 164 E - Alert Issue Date: 18-07-2018
 


India
RTI activist, friend shot dead in Bihar
Indileak
A Right to Information (RTI) activist and his friend were shot dead on Sunday by unidentified assailants in Bihar’s Jamu district, police said.


Pakistan
CPJ calls on Pakistan's PM to protect press freedom ahead of elections
CJP
Journalist Gul Bukhari was abducted, Asad Kharal was attacked, a break-in robbery took place at..


Nevis
Freedom of Information Bill Passes In Nevis
Winfm
The Nevis Freedom of Information Bill, 2018, which was presented by Hon. Eric Evelyn, Minister of Information and Information Services, was passed unanimously..


UK
How Well Do Local Officials Respond To FOI Requests?
The Economic Times
Overall, local agencies did a good job at providing public records.  But there is some bad news. 


Ghana
Yendi: Forum On The Right To Information Bill Held
Modern Ghana
The effort was to create the needed awareness to ensure that effort being made to pass the bill was expedited.


Pakistan
Mechanism devised to assess RTI execution in Pakistan
The News
The first ever methodology has been developed to assess and evaluate the implementation of the Right to Information (RTI) law in the country..


India
RTI applicant declared ‘ineligible’, threatened with criminal action
DNA
The letter dated June 4, 2018, which came to light recently informs Irfan Janwekar, the RTI applicant, that he has been declared apatra


Georgia
Three priorities at the open government partnership summit
Transparency International
Politicians understand the meaning of corruption, but do they understand the meaning of commitment? We have to work together to go beyond words..


Bangladesh
Gov't wants to restrict right to information beyond EU rules
The Daily Star
Nine years ago this month, the RTI Act 2009 of Bangladesh was born. It came at a time when the entire nation 

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Issue No: 163 E - Alert Issue Date: 29-06-2018
 

Kenya
Right to information from the State key in the war on graft
Daily Nation
The order makes it possible for citizens to access information on tenders, who was awarded the tenders, identity..

Scotland
Scottish Government takes longer to reply to Freedom of Information requests from journalists
Press Gazette
The Commissioner found: “It is an important principle of FOI law that, in most cases, it should not matter who asks for information..

Namibia
Free press key to democracy
New Era
Freedom of expression is important for democracy, because it enables the public to participate in making decisions based on the free flow of information

Malawi
Malawi: MHRC Gives Govt Up to July to Operationalise Access to Information Law
Nayasa Times
The ATI law compliments a right that is guaranteed to Malawians under the constitution so it is a very critical piece of legislation..

India
DoPT Refuses To Disclose Details on RTI Amendments...
Live Law
In response to an RTI application, the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has confirmed that amendments to the Right to Information Act, 2005...

Ghana
We need to have the RTI Bill Passed – CHRAJ Director
Politics
The passage of the bill into law he said will be a means to strengthen the country’s fight against corruption..

Pakistan
Civil justice: Pakistan listed at 107 among 113 countries
The News International
The factor measuring civil justice assesses whether ordinary people can resolve their grievances peacefully and effectively..

Malaysia
Malaysia remains committed to fair trade: Guan Eng
The Strait News
Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng said it was only through the aforementioned values that the government can ensure a stable environment for trade and e-commerce to thrive..

Pakistan
Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) Develops Over 180 Official Websites
Urdu Point
Total number of hits on School department is 400,151,495, Punjab Portal has 385,526,577, Punjab Examination Commission has 377,935,674…

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Issue No: 162 E - Alert Issue Date: 14-06-2018
 

Pakistan
Malik Azam to be first Chief Information Commissioner
The Nation
Office of the Commission will be established in Islamabad and it will start working after issuing of formal notification. Through Right to Information Commission..

India
India's government has decided against amending the Right To Information Act
Business Insider India
The central government has reportedly suspended plans to amend the act, after its proposed changes were met with a heavy backlash

Ireland
SAM: THE GOVERNMENT DOESN’T TAKE THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT SERIOUSLY
Dublin Inquirer
The department’s responses to that request over the months that followed led me to suspect that the government does not take that law seriously..

India
“RTI is a non-violent way of change”
Daily Mirror
Without information we humans, the most advanced species on Earth, would be handicapped. Information is everywhere…

Pakistan
Right of access to information is prerogative of everybody: Ali Zafar
Business Recorder
Right of access to information was the prerogative of every citizen and the government was bound to provide information in all matters of public importance…

India
Deliberately wrong RTI replies attract penalty, disciplinary action: Former CIC
Indian Express
Any Information Officer who willfully provides wrong or misleading information under the Right to Information (RTI)..

Pakistan
Ineffective RTI Law of Balochistan
Balochistan Voices
As per a Centre for Peace and Development Initiative (CPDI) survey the most robust RTI regime existed in Punjab, followed by Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan..

Ghana
RTI Action Campaign kicks against portions of Bill
Ghana News Agency
“That is why any good RTI law emphasises the principle of maximum and proactive disclosure. However, it is recognised that in certain circumstances..

Pakistan
Call for effective implementation of law on right to information
Dawn
The civil society activists on Thursday called for the effective implementation of the law on right to information to achieve..

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Issue No: 161 E - Alert Issue Date: 31-05-2018
 

Pakistan
Marriyum urges media outlets for self-accountability
The News
Minister for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb has urged media outlets to do self-introspection and accountability..

India
Whistleblowers act needed to protect RTI users: Activist Aruna Roy
Indian Express
RTI has brought in an architecture where "we are enabled to change from a culture of secrecy to one of transparency"..

U.S.A
Texans' right to information is being infringed; be outraged at government, demand change
Caller Times
This isn't just a right of news media to information for news stories. It's is a right of any Texan to find out how tax money is being spent..

Ghana
Bills, Bills, Bills!
Ghana Web
The Right to Information Bill has had a journey of stops and starts and in-betweens. Right now? The Bill is on a tour of some regional capitals..

Nigeria
Ngeria : Kano, Adamawa To Adopt Freedom of Information (FOI) Act 2011.
Africa Prime News
Kano state government is in the process of adopting the Freedom of Information Act, with a view to empowering the citizens to participate actively in governance

India
Rti enquiry filed over construction of Indira Awas Yojna
The Pioneer
World Press Freedom Day is being observed in Bangladesh and elsewhere today amid a growing animosity towards journalists across the globe.

Pakistan
Right To Information Activists Urge CM To Strengthen Punjab Information Commission
Urdu Point
RTI activists welcome the CM Punjab's action to appoint Saeed Akhtar Ansari and Mehboob Qadir Shah as information commissioners at Punjab

India
Place Proposed Amendments To RTI Act In Public Domain For Scrutiny: National Campaign For Peoples’ Right To Information To PM Modi...
Live Law
“Undermines people’s democratic right to know and participate in the legislative process and prevents public scrutiny of the provisions of a proposed bill”....

Pakistan
Federal Information Commission likely to be notified today
The News
Government has missed a six-month deadline to set up the commission, still the appointment is termed a landmark development..

Nigeria
Buhari administration, like Jonathan’s, condoning impunity in implementation of FOI Act
Premium Times The scale of non-compliance with the provisions of the FOI Act by public institutions under the authority and direct control of the federal government is mind-boggling”..

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Issue No: 160 E - Alert Issue Date: 15-05-2018
 

Pakistan
PIC conducts awareness session for journalists regarding RTI
Daily Times
unjab Information Commission (PIC) held an awareness session with journalists in collaboration with the district information office..

India
On Right To Information Act, A Word Of Caution From Aruna Roy
NDTV
Ms Roy asserted that the RTI Act should not be politically associated to a party. It is a law that "should not be tagged"..

U.S.A
At 51, FOIA may be more relevant than ever
The Baltimore Sun
The use of FOIA has dramatically increased in the first year of the Trump administration. Requests for government records, including letters, speeches, notes about meetings, appointment calendars, memoranda and emails rose to a record-setting 823,000 in Fiscal Year 2017..

India
Over 200 RTI applications to be filed for transparency, democracy
The Economic Times
To improve democracy and raise the transparency level, over 200 hundred applicants will be filing at least one RTI applications..

Pakistan
RTI Act Bringing Transparency To Projects
Daily Times
In case, any department was not cooperating, people could contact the Punjab Information Commission, said Executive Director Ahmed Naeem Malik..

Bangladesh
Press Freedom Day: Attacks against journos made with impunity
M&P
World Press Freedom Day is being observed in Bangladesh and elsewhere today amid a growing animosity towards journalists across the globe.

Brazil
Access to information performing well: N.L. justice minister
The Western Star
There was turnover in staff in the main Access to Information and Privacy Protection (ATIPP) office last year and turnover in some access..

Pakistan
Successes and failures of PTI in governing KP
The News
Its obligatory for the provinces to approve laws and set up organisations to ensure a) Right to Public Services, b) Right to Information

Nepal
Right to Information Audit: A new practice in Nepal
The Himalayan
Right to Information is fundamental right granted to the citizens by law and constitution. Centre for Law and Democracy, Canada has..

Pakistan
Civil society calls for meeting fourth deadline on open government
The Western Star
Civil society organisations have jointly urged government to hasten the process of formulating National Action Plan (NAP) for Open Government Partnership (OGP)..

Prague
Gov't wants to restrict right to information beyond EU rules
Prague Daily Monitor
The Czech government has proposed a significant restriction on the free access to information under the pretext of the General Data Protection

Pakistan
State of right to information in Pakistan
Express Tribune
Right to access information held by public bodies is a key to building a strong state-citizen bond. When violated, it implies there is something which the public bodies

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Issue No: 159 E - Alert Issue Date: 30-04-2018
 

India
Commonwealth: Where being a journalist can kill you
The Statesman
Commonwealth countries like India have pioneered some of the world’s most liberal Right to Information laws, and all member states are publicly committed to democratic…

U.S.A
Strengthening freedom of information laws is good idea
The Post Star
One of the best ways to prevent corruption in government operations is to increase transparency, and two bills now before the state Legislature..

Malaysia
Allow public access to info on China investments, Nurul Izzah urges govt
The Sun Daily
This would enable the people to have knowledge and understand the payment methods and return on investments (ROI) which the nation is undertaking and benefiting..

India
Only 4% of the govt departments proactively disclosing information under RTI: Survey
The Economic Times
An audit was undertaken on the basis of a proforma prepared by former information commissioners M M Ansari and A N Tiwari.

Pakistan
Protecting the right to information
Daily Times
The purpose of the introduction of the right to information laws in Pakistan is to make the general public aware of public spending..

Australia
Palaszczuk denies vegetation right to information applications
Queensland Country Life
Queenslanders have a right to know what advice ministers received, who they were meeting with and why they failed..

Pakistan
Seminar speakers call for reforms in judicial system
The News
About 16.6 that stressed the need for effective, accountable and transparent institution, the speakers said the KP Assembly..

Russia
"Violating the right to information of millions of people
Crime Russia
All the affected users and entrepreneurs have the right to stand for their rights and make such claims. It is their constitutional right..

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Issue No: 158 E - Alert Issue Date: 16-04-2018
 

India
Sridevi Received A State Funeral Because Of Maharashtra CM: RTI Activist Anil Galgali
Mumbai Live
As per RTI, on February 25, 2018 the CM office gave a verbal order regarding the state funeral which was then conveyed to the Mumbai Suburban collector….

Pakistan
Geo Blackout
Daily Times
We feel obligated to raise our voice against reports that cable operators in several areas of the country have taken Geo News..

Pakistan
Development and deception
Daily Times
Empowerment, has come to assimilate power with individual and economic decision-making, de-politicize collective power, and is used to legitimise existing top-down development policies and programs.

Canada
If public servants have nothing to hide, why the secrecy over gifts?
The Canberra Times
A transparent public service would publish its gift registers as a matter of course....

Bangladesh
A transparent public service would publish its gift registers as a matter of course.
Deccan Herald
Both cases relate to matters of serious public interest. In the first case, a petitioner approached the PMO two weeks after the demonetisation announcement for ..

Pakistan
Strength of Punjab Information Commission Lies With the Appointment of Commissioners
Business Recorder
In case of non provision of requested information, it said, the applicant can lodge complaint in the Punjab Information Commission, where commission is bound to resolve the complaint within 30 to 60 days…

U.S.A
Transparency in Government Group to meet April 11 in Fort Smith
Times Record
The Transparency in Government Group of Western Arkansas will meet 5:30 p.m. April 11 at the DoubleTree by Hilton, 700 Rogers Ave..

UK
Your Right to Know: Policies put public health at risk
Winston Watch
If passed, it would give effect to the constitutional right of access to any information held by public institutions and private entities which perform public functions with public funds…

Pakistan
“RTI improves governance, limits corruption”
The News on Sunday
A key challenge in Sindh and Punjab, as well as federally, is the failure of the authorities to appoint the members of the oversight bodies

Ghana
Parliament calls for memorandum on right to information bill
gbcghana
The Right to Information Bill was referred to the Committee on Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, during the first meeting of the Second .…

Pakistan
Call to fill vacant posts of information commissioners
The Nation
These posts were created to provide information to people, but they have been vacant since March 2017. In the absence of information commissioners there are many hurdles in the way of enforcement of the right-to-information law..

Pakistan
Govt departments violate rules on proactive disclosure
DAWN
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Right to Information Commission (RTIC) has miserably failed to force the government departments to comply with the relevant law’s provisions on proactive disclosure…

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Issue No: 157 E - Alert Issue Date: 30-03-2018
 

Pakistan
Unsanctioned guards being withdrawn from VIPs, police chief tells court
The News
“As per the information received from the provincial Police Department through the Right to Information Act, 2013 5,500 policemen are deployed for security of the VIPs instead of protecting the public.

USA
During Sunshine Week, senators cite issues with FOIA request backlog
Federal News Radio
In order to improve the FOIA backlog at large agencies like DHS and the departments of State needs to take the lead on this effort..

Ghana
Coalition to demonstrate over delayed passage of RTI Bill
GBC
The Right to Information Coalition is not happy with the repeated broken promises regarding the passage of the Freedom of Information Bill.       

India
Mystery of Lal Bahadur Shastri's death deepens further with RTI reply
Times Now
After 52 years of the death of former Prime Minister of India Lal Bahadur Shastri, and Right To Information (RTI) reply addressing the cause of death..

India
Knowledge is deadly for Indian activists seeking to expose corruption
N World
India's RTI Act, passed by parliament in 2005, allows citizens to access information about public projects, funding and governance in a bid to improve transparency and accountability…

Ireland
Law firm at centre of Panama Papers leak to close down
The Irish Times
The firm said it had previously had a presence in more than 40 countries, with “more than 600 collaborators around the world..

USA
Sunshine Week celebrates your right to access public records and information
The Hicksburg Post
As journalists, it is our responsibility to shine a light into the darkness of government and make certain the public continues to have access to government..

Pakistan
KP Law Dept opposes PTI MPA’s bill to change RTI Act
The News
The Law Department has voiced reservations over the bill seeking amendments to the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Right to Information Act 2013 aimed at..

India
India's Right to Information in a mess
The Milli Gazette

Over the years the pendency of cases under Right to Information (RTI) Act has shown an upward trend with close to.
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Issue No: 156 E - Alert Issue Date: 14-03-2018
 

Pakistan
Civil society reacts to PTI Government’s move to amend KP RTI law
The News
CRTI strongly opposes the amendments proposed in KP RTI Act 2013.

India
Disclose bills of Air India charter plane for PM's travel abroad: CIC to MEA
Kashmir Monitor
CIC R K Mathur rejected the contention of the ministry that details of the amount, reference numbers, dates of bills raised by Indian Air Force and Air India..

Bangladesh
Adilur wins Franco-German human rights prize
Prothom Alo
Odhikar secretary Adilur Rahman Khan has been awarded Franco-German Human Rights Prize-2017 for his contribution to defending and promoting human rights in Bangladesh.

Columbia
Access to information sheds needed light on government secrets
Missourian
Sunshine Week this year is March 11-17. The “sunshine” refers to access to government information. Journalists value access, but it’s a right that belongs to everyone

Pakistan
Amendments in proposed RTI Act 2013 of KPK opposed
Business Recorder
KP RTI Act is one of the effective and well implemented laws in Pakistan but the PTI led provincial government is bringing back old colonial mindset again..

Canada
‘Demand more’ from government, outgoing information watchdog tells Canadians in parting note
I Politics
In a parting message posted on her blog Wednesday, Suzanne Legault encouraged Canadians to “demand more” from their government.

India
Delhi University Tells High Court That It Cannot Disclose Exam Records Of 1978, The Year When PM Modi Graduated
Outlook India
Delhi High Court that the varsity's BA exam records of all its students of 1978-- the year when Prime Minister Narendra Modi had graduated-- is held in a fiduciary capacity and cannot be disclosed..

South Africa
Politics faces a shake-up if we get access to who funds parties
The Citizen
If people know who funds political parties, they will fully understand the agenda of political parties. They will then be able to gain context through which to understand the policy position

India
J&K: RTI reveals 27 Rohingya families staying illegaly, own sim cards
The Asian Age
It has been revealed that 27 Rohingya Muslim families, who are illegal immigrants, living in Jammu own SIM cards, activist Rohit Choudhary said..

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Issue No: 155 E - Alert Issue Date: 19-02-2018
 

Pakistan
Encounters: a new way of policing?
Express Tribune
The level of access to information can be gauged from the fact that an application filed under Punjab Transparency and Right to Information Act 2013 (RTI Act) is still pending before the PIC since 2016...

Fiji
Access to right information important
The Fiji Times Online
By having access to the right and correct information you can be able to make decisions for yourselves...

Sri Lanka
Right to Information Commission notes concerns despite positives
MENAFN
Right to Information Commission has recorded a noteworthy increase in the numbers of appeals being filed before the Commission with information being released...

India
Using RTI benefits community
The Hans India
Even today, not many people know about their rights. If any private hospital is set up in rural areas, they must adopt two villages and provide them all kind of health-related services...

Bangladesh
International civil society organisations pen open letter on Digital Security Act
Dhaka Tribune
In the letter, the organizations expressed concern that the Bangladesh Digital Security Act2018 fails to protect the right to freely express opinions on policies and the actions of decision makers...

Pakistan
KP tourism body exploits economization, saving policy of govt
The News
Under the Law of Access to Information 2013, according to the details provided by TCKP, Tourism secretary Muhammad Tariq Khan paid visit to England, Spain...

Ghana
After Two Decades, Will Ghana Finally Pass a Right to Information Law?
Global Voices
If passed, it would give effect to the constitutional right of access to any information held by public institutions and private entities which perform public functions with public funds…

India
Central Information Commission asks EC to launch special drive for 2,000 pending RTIs
Hindustan Times
The Central Information Commission (CIC) has asked the Election Commission (EC) to launch a special drive to dispose of around 2,000 Right to Information (RTI) queries and first appeals awaiting a response for a long time…

Sri Lanka
Use of RTI to hold authorities accountable growing
Colombo Gazette
RTI has played a life-changing role in the lives of citizens while promoting democratic governance, acting as a tool to combat corruption and restoring sovereignty in the people of Sri Lanka…

Pakistan
Govt departments violate rules on proactive disclosure
DAWN
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Right to Information Commission (RTIC) has miserably failed to force the government departments to comply with the relevant law’s provisions on proactive disclosure…

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Issue No: 154 E - Alert Issue Date: 17-01-2018
 

India
Gandhi's 'khorak' a 100 years ago
The Kashmir Monitor
The PIL (public interest litigation) and RTI (right to information) methods, combining with electoral turnarounds, can well make 2018 lead to 2019...

Morocco
Access to Information Act: The Home Stretch Till the Passing of the Bill
Morocco World News
The draft was on the agenda of the 2nd Chamber for its final adoption on January 2, however, the bill was voted...

Azarbijan
Will We Ever See the End of Information Control in Azarbaijan
The Global Voices
The ban covers a class of content known as "prohibited information," which was established by a May 2017 court...

India
No need of Aadhaar for RTI
The Hans India
The applicant who filed this complaint also filed first appeal, asking for information without insisting on the proofs first Appellate Authority Akhilesh Kumar...

UK
What is a Freedom of Information (FoI) request?
ITPRO
The right to access public information is one of the most powerful tools individuals have to scrutinise the actions of UK government bodies and public officials...

Pakistan
KP govt designates public information officers at village, neighbourhood councils
MENAFN
Public information officers have been nominated at the village and neighbourhood councils in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to ensure access of people to information about the working of local bodies system...

Ghana
Government will pass the Right to Information Bill soon - Minister
Ghanaweb
The law would ensure that the media have easy access to information from public institutions that would enable them to hold duty bearers accountable...

Zimbave
Zimbabwe Activists Seek Truth About 1980s Massacres
VOA
Activists in southern Zimbabwe are taking legal action to demand the truth about a series of massacres in the 1980s that...

Pakistan
AJK journalists must work towards promotion of Kashmir cause: Midhat Shahzad
Express Tribune
Right to Information law would also be implemented in AJK as it has been enforced in the other provinces of the country...

Iran
Freedom of Information And The Control Over Hearts And Minds in Iran
Huffpost
It's 2018 and the information battle to control the hearts and minds of citizens continues from Russia to China and from Ethiopia to Iran...

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Issue No: 153 E - Alert Issue Date: 22-12-2017
 

India
Know Your Rights - Traffic Police cannot take out keys from vehicle while checking
Nation
In the information provided by the police department, it has been clearly stated that taking out the key of any two or four-wheeler is wrong. No policeman, irrespective of any rank, has the power to do this...

Malta
Over 400 Freedom of Information requests in 3 years
Times of Malta
The Freedom of Information (FOI) Act (Cap. 496), which came into force in September 2012, establishes the right to the public to information held by public authorities in order to promote added transparency and accountability in government...

Canada
Liberals want to be global leader on open government, but face complaints at home
CBC News
For instance, Scott Brison, president of the federal Treasury Board, recently flew to Argentina, where he addressed a summit of the Open Government Partnership, a coalition of more than 80 governments pledged to the cause of political openness and transparency...

India
CIC brings down pendency of cases in 2017
Times of India
During the year 2016-17, the CIC had registered 23,811 cases and disposed of 32,344 cases, as compared to registration of 25,960 cases and disposal of 28,188 cases in the year 2015-16...

Australia
Freedom of information: Australians are losing the battle against government secrecy
The Canberra Times
Government policy on freedom of information remains in limbo. In 2014-15, thanks to resistance from the Senate...

India
RTI reveals several Gurugram police stations don't have ladies toilets
Outlook
A reply to Right to Information (RTI) application filed by social activist Harinder Dhingra has revealed that out of the 35 police stations in Haryana's Gurugram, six police stations do not have ladies washrooms...

Pakistan
Right to information
The News
Article 19 urges that the fundamental right of human being is to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media...

Sri Lanka
Sri Lankan govt body rejects Right to Information request on blocking of news website
Tamil Guardian
The regulatory commission responded this week with a denial of the request, saying the questions could not be answered for national security reasons...

Pakistan
Speakers call for extending RTI law to Fata for good governance
Dawn
The seminar on the significance of RTI law was organised by a non-government organisation in collaboration with the Bajaur Press Club here...

India
Access to information makes democracy more participative: Vice President
Zee News
Access to credible information makes a democracy more "progressive, participatory and meaningful"...

Pakistan
LHC rejects Punjab govt's appeal, orders release of Model Town inquiry report
ARY News
The counsel maintained that the government was itself accused in the Model Town incident and thus it did not make the report public...

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Issue No: 152 E - Alert Issue Date: 27-11-2017
 

India:
From right to information to right to data
The daily star
OGD and Right to Information (RTI) are two sides of the same coin. In fact, the foundation of OGD lies in peoples' right to information...

UK
Journalism Made Possible Because of the Freedom of Information Act
PROPUBLICA
If you're unfamiliar, the Freedom of Information Act is a law that allows anyone - yes, including you - to request records and documents from the government...

India
RTI reveals failed student with 2 marks actually scored 79
The news Scroll
Dhananjay Kumar, a student from Bihar's Rohtas district, was declared failed in the Class 10 final examination conducted by the BSEB with just two marks in Hindi...

USA
Whistleblower Sues Interior Department For Information On Staff Shuffle
Huffpost
A scientist-turned-whistleblower who resigned from the Interior Department in October citing agency chief Ryan Zinke's "poor leadership"...

Pakistan
Graveyard of Journalism
The Newsline Magazine
Pakistan ranks fifth on the list of deadliest countries in the world for journalists; 60 have been murdered in Pakistan since 1992 - alarmingly high...

India
Delhi pollution: Facing ire over unused Rs 787 cr green cess, Kejriwal's AAP blames Modi govt
Times Now
In a shocking disclosure, a Right to Information (RTI) query on Wednesday revealed that the Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government has failed to specify its utilisation of the Rs 787 crore green cess collected during 2017...

USA
More Nations Adopt Freedom of Information Laws
The Market Mogul
There are now some 112 countries that have promulgated some type of freedom of information legislation in order to enable citizens to access government data...

Pakistan
LHC to resume hearing on Punjab govt's plea on 21st
Daily Times
He said that the Model Town massacre was recognised as 'state terrorism' and witnessed by the entire country where unarmed men and women were killed and tortured...

Zimbabwe
Access to information: Denying the people
Newsday Zimbabwe
The right to access of information is canvassed in sections 61 and 62 of the Constitution. So somebody somewhere intentionally violated our rights and freedoms by denying us that piece of news...

Pakistan
KP govt fails to provide relief despite allocating Rs67bn for health
Pakistan Today
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) declared an emergency in the health sector and had allocated a huge development budget of Rs67 billion for health sector from 2013-2018...

India
Breaking: RTI Act Won't Prevail Over Supreme Court Rules: Delhi HC
Live Law
Holding that there is no inconsistency in the Supreme Court Rules (SCR) and the Right to Information Act, the Delhi High Court...

Indonesia
Paradise Papers leaks take aim at Indonesian paper firm APRIL
ECO-Business
The global Paradise Papers leak has accused Indonesian pulp and paper giant APRIL of unethically exploiting tax loopholes

Pakistan
Punjab govt asked to file reply in Model town incident by Nov 24
Express Tribune
Full bench headed by Justice Abid Aziz Sheikh on Wednesday sought reply from the Punjab government by November 24 over a vacant post of the information commissioner...

Ghana
A Right to Information Act could have saved KABA
GhanaWeb
KABA died a brave man, never afraid to ask the critical questions. In the absence of a Right to Information Act, he risked his health, combing through stress, deploying difficult tactics to have access to information, to enrich his program...

Pakistan
APNS, CPNE, PFUJ, RIUJ express concern over closure of TV channels
The News
The APNS office bearers have stated that any curb on the freedom of press has always been counterproductive in any democratic dispensation...

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Issue No: 151 E - Alert Issue Date: 21-11-2017
 

India
224 nursing homes, illegal clinics being run in Gurgaon: RTI
India
Gurgaon, Nov 3 (PTI) A total of 224 nursing homes and illegal clinics are being run under the district's community health centre (CHC) in the millennium city, an RTI query has revealed.

Athens
Officials warned to produce public records
Athens Daily Review
The complaint alleges that the city is refusing to provide responses to an open records request," the letter shows. "This is troubling as it is not the first such complaint

Pakistan
Right to Information, sham or reality?
Daily Times
It is a recognised concept across the world that the right to information empowers citizens...

USA
CIA Releases Osama Bin Laden Files, Including a Viral Video TBT
Inverse Culture
The CIA says it released the additional files Wednesday "in the interest of transparency and to enhance public understanding of al-Qa'ida."

India
Route For Planned Bullet Train Loss-Making, 40% Seats Empty, Reveals RTI
NDTV
32 Mail and Express trains between Mumbai to Ahmedabad have been incurring a loss of 14 crore and 31 trains from Mumbai to Ahmedabad have made losses of 15 crore.

Kashmir
J&K Hydel Projects: Rejection of Right to Information Request Fans Old Flames
Iran Front Page
The recent rejection of a right to information (RTI) request over details of the delayed handing over of several central hydel projects to the (J&K)...

Pakistan
LHC seeks Model Town report
The Nation
The Lahore High Court has sought a copy of Justice Najfi's report on Model Town massacre in 2014 for its perusal...

Australia
Victoria Police rejects FOI requests for information about car crash involving Premier's wife
Herald Sun
PREMIER Daniel Andrews has denied he interfered to stop the release of documents detailing an investigation into a collision involving his wife after a freedom of information request was deemed to not be in the public interest...

Pakistan
Speakers call for extending RTI law to Fata for good governance
Dawn
The seminar on the significance of RTI law was organised by a non-government organisation in collaboration with the Bajaur Press Club here...

USA
Paradise Papers: Firms ‘terrified' by data leak
Jersey Evening Post
It is claimed that more than six million documents belonging to offshore law firm Appleby, which has a large presence in Jersey..

Africa
Gov't committed to strengthen right to information Says Communication Minister
The Point
The Minister of Information and Communication Infrastructure has reiterated The Gambia government's commitment to strengthening and protecting the rights of access to information.

Bangladesh
The right to know
Dhaka Tribune
Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance of Iran, Hossein Entezami, says the government is determined to implement the law of Freedom of Information (FOI) passed about 6 years ago...

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Issue No: 150 E - Alert Issue Date: 31-10-2017
 

Pakistan
'N' lawyers body head appointed information commission chief
Dawn
The Punjab government on appointed PML-N Lawyers Forum Pakistan President Naseer Ahmad Bhutta as Punjab Information Commission's chief commissioner...

Srinagar
Provide Information Under RTI or Face Action
Greater Kashmir
Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) Khurshid Ganie Saturday asked the public information officers (PIOs) and first appellant authorities (FAAs) designated by different departments under right to information act (RTI), to provide information to applicants under rules or face penalty clause...

Nepal
Use RTI to ensure transparency, says president
The Himalayan
Inaugurating a programme organised by National Information Commission here today to mark International Day for Universal Access to Information; President Bhandari said transparency and good governance made democracy stronger...

India
Supreme Court asks EC to look into plea to bring parties under RTI law
Financial Express
The Supreme Court today asked the Election Commission (EC) to examine a representation for bringing political parties under the ambit of the Right to Information (RTI) Act to make them accountable and to curb the use of black money in elections...

USA
UN & Other Organisations "Failing" on Freedom of Information
SCOOP World
The UN and many international organizations lack the kind of freedom of information policies that are increasingly the norm among governments...

India
RTI Applicant Asked to Pay GST for Info
DNA
A Pune-resident, who filed an RTI application with the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) recently, was told this by the Public Information Officer (PIO)...

Australia
Victoria Police rejects FOI requests for information about car crash involving Premier's wife
Herald Sun
PREMIER Daniel Andrews has denied he interfered to stop the release of documents detailing an investigation into a collision involving his wife after a freedom of information request was deemed to not be in the public interest...

India
Bihar among top 5 states in country to receive most complaints under RTI
NYOOOZ
If data on the number of second appeals and complaints filed at information commissions is anything to go by, Bihar is among the top three states where response to information...

USA
US Sanctions N. Korean Officials for Human Rights Abuses
Delhi Times
The United States blacklisted seven North Korean officials and three government entities on Thursday, saying they engaged in human rights abuses that are “among the worst in the world...

Iran
'Iran Resolved to Provide People with Free Access to Information
Iran Front Page
Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance of Iran, Hossein Entezami, says the government is determined to implement the law of Freedom of Information (FOI) passed about 6 years ago...

Bahama
Pledge To Protect Whistleblowers
Tribune 242
THE MINNIS administration is seeking to immediately implement protections for whistleblowers in the Freedom of Information Act, despite not having a date as to when the entire legislation will be revised and fully enacted, according to Attorney General Carl Bethel...

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Issue No: 149 E - Alert Issue Date: 19-10-2017
 

Georgia
Freedom of Information: Georgia laws demand transparency
The Valdosta Daily Times
It is a bit burdensome for the government to comply with those requests and the posting requirements and all of that, but I do think it's worth it; we need to know what...

Canada
New Brunswick gets 'B' for openness in national access-to-information audit
CBC News
A group of media watchdogs has given the New Brunswick government a "B" grade for openness, based on a national audit of access to information systems...

Pakistan
KARACHI PTI leader seeks Sindh to release three key investigation reports
ARY News
(PTI) Karachi President Ali Zaidi has submitted a request to Chief Secretary Sindh in writing over the release of probing reports in cases concerning Baldia Factory fire...

Nigeria
Six years after passage, Nigerians make 'little use' of FOI Act - Report
Premium Times
Despite these provisions and its attendant guidelines, Nigerian ministries, departments and agencies have received very few requests for information from the public...

India
Right to Information: Around 2.44 crore applications filed between 2005-2016, reveals report
First Post
Around 2.44 crore applications under the Right to Information (RTIs) Act have been filed with various central and state government departments by citizens, NGO...

U.S
Is Trump a Moron? Watchdogs File Freedom of Information Requests to Find Out
The Newsweek
On Thursday the campaign group Free Speech For People filed the first of a series of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests seeking details about whether senior officials...

Pakistan
Controversial bill sails thru NA
The Nation
The statement of objects and reasons of the bill says the bill is intended to promote a two-way flow of information - from the government to the people and vice versa - for strengthening...

India
65 RTI activists murdered since 2005 — here's a tribute to India's fallen heroes
Your Story
With more than 65 people killed and close to 400 harassed or intimidated, violence against RTI activists is a menace that continues...

Pakistan
Free flow of information not ensured in RAI Bill: CPDI
Business Recorder
"The RAI Bill 2017 is neither effective like the provincial right to information (RTI) laws nor in line with the globally accepted principles of RTI legislation. The two houses passed it...

India
75,493 infant deaths in India from April to July, 5,547 of them from Maharashtra
The Indian Express
Madhya Pradesh, with 9,269 children aged till 5, recorded the highest deaths followed by Uttar Pradesh with 8,440 deaths...

Ghana
Parliament Urged to Pass Right to Information Bill
Ghana News Agency
RTI Bill, if passed in Parliament would empower Ghanaians to demand for accountability and transparency, and promote access to information that could help curb corrupt practices...

Pakistan
President urged to send RAI Bill 2017 back to Parliament
The News
We request you to use your powers under Article 74 of the Constitution and advise Parliament to review this bill in light of suggestions from civil society and RTI experts...

India
Manodhairya scheme: '1308 survivors have not received compensation
The Indian Express
Rape, acid attack survivors who were sanctioned compensation under the state-run scheme from October 2013 to January 2017 were not paid: RTI...

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Issue No: 148 E - Alert Issue Date: 03-10-2017
 

Pakistan
International Right to Know Day - Pakistan's RTI legislation is a zero-sum game
Dunya
Many people know that right to information was granted in 2002 when, during the Musharraf regime, the Freedom of Information (FOI) Ordinance 2002 was introduced...

Canada
Beresford and Reynolds: Respect Canadians' right to know about the Canada Infrastructure Bank
Ottawa Citizen
Right to Know Week is a perfect time for Canadian citizens to look at the federal government's new Canada Infrastructure Bank (CIB)...

Mexico
Access to Information: women transforming their communities
Ifex 25
With more than 100 workshops carried out so far, and more than 27 communities reached, the campaign aims to bring knowledge of these tools to residents...

India
My RTI reveals Ram Rahim was a bigger VIP for Modi sarkar than Sri Sri and
DailyO
On April 19, after banning the use of lal batti (red beacon light) by VVIPs on their vehicles, Prime Minister Narendra Modi thundered on Twitter that every Indian is a VIP...

Pakistan
Govt fails to get right to info bill passed from NA
The Nation
The government and opposition engaged in a heated discussion on the 'controversial' bill for an hour. The opposition after failing to incorporate their proposed amendments in the bill took benefit...

USA
UN must do more to protect journalists around the world
The Hill
When you imagine the most dangerous jobs in the world, soldiers, police officers, firefighters...

Pakistan
LHC reserves decision on plea to make Justice Najafi's report public
Dailytimes
Qaiser Iqbal and 19 others family members of the 2014 Model Town incident's victims had filed this petition. Counsel for the petitioners Barrister Syed Ali Zafar submitted that 14 persons...

India
Panama Papers: ED May Summon Bachans
The Economic Times...
The Enforcement Directorate has received replies from actor Amitabh Bachchan and his family members to notices issued to them...

UK
The Right to Information Around the World
Article 19
Info graphics show you where right to know laws are in place, where governments are making commitments to transparency bodies, and where there's still room...

India
All you need to know about filing an RTI
Your Story
In India, the Right to Information (RTI) Act was passed in 2005, making it mandatory for the government to respond to a citizen's request for information in the public domain...

Pakistan
Right to Information
Pakistan Today
It was on 28 September 2002 that organisations promoting freedom of information (FOI) all over the globe joined heads in Bulgaria and founded FOI...

Ghana
Fighting Corruption: eliminate the empty promises and let act now
News Ghana
One of the potent solutions to the numerous scandals of corrupt practices in our country rests in the hands of our leaders. Especially, the Executive and the Legislature to give us a good right to information law...

India 65 RTI activists murdered since 2005 - here's a tribute to India's fallen heroes
Your Story
With more than 65 people killed and close to 400 harassed or intimidated, violence against RTI activists is a menace that continues...

U.S
Getting The Gift of Education Through RTI
Huffpost
Knowledge is powerful. So it follows that having access to knowledge is empowering for many. Naresh from Agra is a living example of that...

Pakistan
Murder will out: Judge orders Sharif govt to make Model Town tragedy probe public
Pakistan Today
The Lahore High Court's (LHC) decision Thursday, ordering the Punjab government to release the Model Town tragedy report, has added to the Sharifs' woes as the ruling family...

Sri Lanka
A long way to go
Daily Mirror
On the other hand some leaders are more futuristic. Yet, another set of political leaders focus on 'the now' and neither focus on the future nor glorify the past...

Srinagar
RTI: No information about Koul Commission Report, says MHA
Kashmir Age
The Ministry for Home Affairs Government of India in response to an application filed under Right to Information Act by Kashmiri...

Pakistan
KP govt asked to make RTI act functional
Pakistan Today
The right to access information held by public bodies, known as the right to information (RTI), is an internationally recognised human right...

US
Q&A with Panama Papers investigation coordinator
Merquette Wire
The Panama Papers are an unprecedented leak of 11.5 million files from the database of the world's fourth largest offshore...

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Issue No: 147 E - Alert Issue Date: 14-09-2017
 

Pakistan
NA Spearker Ayaz Sadiq fined for over speeding on motorway
Daily Pakistan
Motorway police on Sunday slapped National Assembly Speaker Ayaz Sadiq with a fine due to exceeding speed limit on M2 motorway, local media reported...

India
Oxygen Theory of Information
The Hans India
Explaining the role of information in a democratic and developing society, a renowned communication expert and former Director General...

Ghana
Fighting Corruption: eliminate the empty promises and let act now
News Ghana
One of the potent solutions to the numerous scandals of corrupt practices in our country rests in the hands of our leaders. Especially, the Executive and the Legislature to give us a good right to information law...

Pakistan
The right to know
The News
Recently, the Senate passed the Right of Access to Information Bill and now the same is waiting for the approval of the National Assembly...

Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka's New Right-to-Information Law Could Save Lives
Open Society Foundation
Introduction of a simple procedural law in August last year is changing the face of Sri Lankan democracy. The Right to Information (RTI) Act has enabled journalists and citizens to access official correspondence and records that would once have been kept shrouded in secrecy...

India
Corrupt may get leeway by citing privacy concerns: Arun Jaitley
Indian Express
A week after the Supreme Court ruled that privacy is a fundamental right; Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said that privacy “comes in the way of accountability...

U.S
FBI Says No Public Interest In Hillary Clinton Email Files: Time To Prove Them Wrong!
Conservative
The FBI recently turned down a lawyer's request for the release of FBI files on Hillary Clinton, faulting the...

UK
UK Data Protection Laws to be Overhauled
BBC
"The new Data Protection Bill will give us one of the most robust, yet dynamic, set of data laws in the world," said Mr Hancock in a statement...

U.S
Transparency in government leads to real news
The Post and Courrier
Whether depending on our government for storm recovery, good schools, police protection or other important services, openness and access to information...

Pakistan
RTI roadblocks
The Dawn
THE Right of Access to Information Bill, 2017, approved by the Senate, is most likely to be passed by the National Assembly...

India
Centre declines sharing details of CBI chief appointment, cites confidentiality clause under RTI Act
The First Post
Replying to an RTI appeal, it said the appointment of CBI Director Alok Kumar Verma was done through the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC), which is exempted from the ambit of the transparency law...

India
50 per cent of human rights complaints from J&K: RTI
The Indian Express
A total of 186 complaints were received between 2012 and January 2016 from seven states, said the Ministry of Home Affairs while replying to an Right to Information application...

India
Seeking Personal Information Of Bank Employees Is Exempted Under RTI: Supreme Court
The Outlook
The court made the observation while allowing an appeal filed by Canara Bank challenging an order of the Kerala HC directing it to provide about transfers...

Australia
Are you ready for the amended Freedom of Information Act?
Lexology
While some changes formalise current informal practices, the, along with the new regulator and timeframes, will require agencies to ensure their internal processes...

Pakistan
RTI and emancipation of information - I
Daily Times
The right to information (RTI) is one of the basic drivers of participatory democracy. Yet given that information is power there are those who are averse...

Malaysia
Malaysia's democratic foundations key to its progress
New Straits Times
Malaysia is able to celebrate 60 years of independence today, proving that the country is moving in the right direction...

Pakistan
One PML-N achievement that everyone must appreciate
Daily Times
Although, the Freedom of Information Ordinance 2002 has been in the use, the Right for Access to Information Bill (2017) comprehensively covers the Article 19-A...

China
Analysis | The Right to Information
Macau Daily
Where there is lack of institutions for managing information and the political will to make information available...

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Issue No: 146 E - Alert Issue Date: 31-08-2017
 

India
Here's how the fundamental right to privacy will affect the Right to Information Act
International Business Times
Experts have said that there will be a conflict between the RTI Act and the right to privacy now as the Supreme Court has upheld it as a fundamental right. Read on to know...

Pakistan
Filer taxpayers up by 58pc
Pakistan Observer
The number of return filer taxpayers in the country has increased by 58 percent during the fiscal year 2016 compared to FY2013 and by 13.23 percent against FY2015...

India
Making the Right to Information (RTI) work in Defence
Institute for Defense Studies and Analysis
Central Information Commission (CIC) advised the Ministry of Defence to ensure probity and accountability in defence procurements...

Egypt
Egypt's court media ban limits public access to trials
Al-Monitor
A legal researcher at the American University in Cairo's law and society unit, told Al-Monitor, "Judges are strongly sensitive about broadcasting hearings, especially in cases related to terrorism...

UK
UK Data Protection Laws to be Overhauled
BBC
The new Data Protection Bill will give us one of the most robust, yet dynamic, set of data laws in the world," said Mr. Hancock in a statement...

USA
Brennan Center and Protect Democracy File Suit to Make "Voter Fraud” Commission Records Public
Newspark Forest
This is a problem in South Carolina that needs to be fixed by our Legislature ... or through people suing public bodies to make sure they turn these over,” said Smith, who also works with the Press Association...


Pakistan
Senate passes 'Right of Access to Information Bill'; NA adopts 'Election Bill 2017'
ARY News
The bill moved by Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb provides for the right to information...

USA
Herald asks Army to reveal investigation findings withheld from public
The Herald
The Army's investigation was released Friday, in response to a 2016 Freedom of Information Act request by the Herald...

Pakistan
Creating transparency
Express Tribune
Transparency does not happen at the flick of a switch and the passing of this bill is not going to immediately...

India
So Far, Narendra Modi Has Brought Back 24 Indian Antiquities from Foreign Countries
TOPYPAS
Replying to a Right to Information appeal of a journalist, the Archaeological Survey of India has revealed that out of these 24 ancient items, 16 have been brought...

USA
Douglas County launches Transparency Portal to increase government accountability
NNBW
Douglas County's new Transparency Portal empowers government officials and staff to conduct better analysis and performance measurement by improving access to key...

India
Indian citizenship regained: The 22-year ordeal of Luingam Luithui for justice
Catch News
The Delhi High Court has finally restored the Indian citizenship of both Luithui and his wife, declaring that they had never ceased to be Indian citizens...

USA
Freedom of Speech is Under Assault in the USA
The Live News Trading
To stand up for free speech i.e. the First Amendment is a noble thing. The left has conflated this with hate speech i.e. "Free Speech enables "hate speech”...

India
Did Modi Mislead Parliament on the Number of Fake Ration Cards that Aadhaar Had Exposed?
The Wire
Nikhil Dey of MKSS said that in Rajasthan 10 lakh people had been removed from the pension list through Aadhaar linkage. "While 50 lakh people were getting pension earlier, it has come down to 40 lakh now. As a consequence, many elderly have died or are living in abject poverty...

Ghana
Fighting Corruption: eliminate the empty promises and let act now
News Ghana
One of the potent solutions to the numerous scandals of corrupt practices in our country rests in the hands of our leaders. Especially, the Executive and the Legislature to give us a good right to information law...

Scotland
Victory for Scottish information campaigner in battle with Supreme Court
The National
We must realise that government and public sector bodies have to be seen to be open and transparent by nurturing access to information in order to improve public confidence and trust...

U.S
USS McCain crash is 4th Navy accident in Pacific this year
Washington Post
The commander of U.S. naval operations has ordered a comprehensive review to get to root causes after the collision this week between a Navy destroyer and an oil tanker near Singapore...

Pakistan
Protecting the whistleblower
The News
The bill aims to provide protection to whistleblowers that make public any corruption, criminal activity or wrongdoing...

Sri Lanka
A long way to go
Daily Mirror
On the other hand some leaders are more futuristic. Yet, another set of political leaders focus on 'the now' and neither focus on the future nor glorify the past...

Nigeria
Three states join Nigeria's participation in Open Government Partnership
Premium Times
Three state governments have formally joined the Open Government Partnership (OGP) to implement transparency reforms in Nigeria. The states are Kaduna, Anambra and Kano...

Pakistan
LHC seeks govt response on Model Town incident report by Sept 12
Pakistan Today
The petition has been filed by the families of victims killed in Model Town massacre which killed 14 people and injured 100 others during police action...

US
Getting NASA to Comply With Simple FOIA Requests Is a Nightmare
Motherboard
Trying to effectively use the Freedom of Information Act can be hell. Maybe a police department will demand a ridiculous and seemingly arbitrary fee to collect records...

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Issue No: 145 E - Alert Issue Date: 22-08-2017
 

India
Did You Know Someone Asked India's Nuke Code as an RTI Reply, Here's What Some Others Did
India Times
Indians file nearly 60 lakh RTIs a year and this number is highest of such information request in the world with most requests are filled in Delhi…

Pakistan
KP RTI Law Promoting Transparency
The News
PIO was the lynchpin in the implementation of the RTI law, therefore it was essential for PIO to be fully….

India
Plea to stop hounding of RTI activists
The Hindu
The forum opposed the probes launched against RTI activist and government officer Kashinath Shetye for filing…

Thailand
Thai reporter probing corruption faces trespass charge
National Post
Thailand’s main professional association of journalists on Friday protested the arrest on a trespassing charge of a reporter who was looking into the assets…

UK
UK Data Protection Laws to be Overhauled
BBC
"The new Data Protection Bill will give us one of the most robust, yet dynamic, set of data laws in the world," said Mr Hancock in a statement…..

U.S
Officials' use of private email creating 'shadow government' in South Carolina
The Post and Courrier
This is a problem in South Carolina that needs to be fixed by our Legislature … or through people suing public bodies to make sure they turn these over,” said Smith, who also works with the Press Association….

Pakistan
Ishaq Dar launches Tax Directory of 1.21 million taxpayers
The DND
The 17,000 page document was formally launched by Finance Minister Senator Ishaq Dar during a function at FBR house in Islamabad…

India
Why the Government Is Still Stuck in Its Culture of Secrecy
The Wire
Despite legislations and promises to the contrary, the government is not doing everything it can to be more open and accessible…

U.S
Accomack ruling: Judges exempt from Freedom of Information Act
Delmarva Now
Virginia law says access must be provided “to public records in the custody of a public body or its officers and employees….

India
RTI is my new amulet: Ghulam Mohiudin Sheikh, faith healer cum RTI activist
The Indian Express
"This area has witnessed more development since people started filing RTI applications..

U.S
How much is too much to charge for public records requests?
Chicago Tribune
The proposed ordinance would have brought the city in line with the maximum fees allowed under the state's Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), City Attorney Bob Long said during a Monday committee meeting….

India
Did Modi Mislead Parliament on the Number of Fake Ration Cards that Aadhaar Had Exposed?
The Wire
Nikhil Dey of MKSS said that in Rajasthan 10 lakh people had been removed from the pension list through Aadhaar linkage. “While 50 lakh people were getting pension earlier, it has come down to 40 lakh now. As a consequence, many elderly have died or are living in abject poverty…

Ghana
Fighting Corruption: eliminate the empty promises and let act now
News Ghana
One of the potent solutions to the numerous scandals of corrupt practices in our country rests in the hands of our leaders. Especially, the Executive and the Legislature to give us a good right to information law….

Gambia
Secrecy in gov’t leads to poor governance: Info Minister
The Point
We must realise that government and public sector bodies have to be seen to be open and transparent by nurturing access to information in order to improve public confidence and trust..

U.S
CIA's 60 year war with the Government Accountability Office: the '80s Part 1
Muckrock
The Agency was happy to accept the DIA’s request to coordinate lists of the types of intelligence records which the President should then certify as exempt…

Pakistan
Senators call for across the board accountability of corrupt
Business Recorder
The Senate debated a motion under Rule 218 jointly moved by lawmakers of various parties regarding measures to combat corruption with focus on off-shore companies, across the board accountability and a new accountability mechanism…

India
Government Asked To Clarify Whether Taj Mahal Is Mausoleum Or Temple
NDTV
The question, forwarded as an alternative narrative of history by some claiming to be historians and the subject of various court cases, reached the CIC through a Right to Information…

Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka's New Right-to-Information Law Could Save Lives
Open Society Foundation
Introduction of a simple procedural law in August last year is changing the face of Sri Lankan democracy. The Right to Information (RTI) Act has enabled journalists and citizens to access official correspondence and records that would once have been kept shrouded in secrecy…

U.S
How Wheeling says a resident cost taxpayers $144,000
The Dailyherald
Did Wheeling really spend more than $144,000 to supply a resident with documents she'd requested under the Freedom of Information Act? Or is the village using big cost estimates to deter her requests?...

Nigeria
How public institutions deny Nigerians right to information
Daily Trust
The legal right to information helps the public hold authorities accountable for their actions and allows public debate to be better informed and more productive. It infuses an inclusive governance and democratic culture…

Scotland
Figures reveal Scottish Government more likely to reject journalists' FoI requests
Press Gazette
Freedom of Information (FoI) requests from journalists to the Scottish Government is being refused….

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Issue No: 144 E - Alert Issue Date: 01-08-2017
 

India
Sasikala was allowed 23 visits, instead of 8, during four months in prison: RTI
Hindustan Times
A Right to Information (RTI) response has revealed that she was allowed a whopping 23 visits from February 16 – the date of her incarceration – to June 16...

Canada
Canada: Supreme Court fails to protect freedom of expression beyond its borders
Article19
ARTICLE 19 intervened in this case with Human Rights Watch, Open Net Korea, the Software Freedom Law Centre and the Centre for Technology and Society, arguing that global orders of this kind had a chilling effect on freedom of expression

Pakistan
Protecting Journalists
The Nation
The Standing Committee on Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage met on Thursday to gauge the progress made on the intended bill...

India
Right to information is indeed potent; Modi's PMO handled one million rti pleas since 2014
The Indian Saga
On the applications for obtaining information which pertain to Multiple Public Authorities) shall not be transferred to such Public Authorities but rejected...

India
No Information for RTI Query on Taj Mahal, Archaeological Survey Officials To Lose Salary
Nyoooz
Not providing information about illegal constructions in the prohibited area around Taj Mahal proved costly for two officials of the Archaeological Survey of India...

UK
The Future of FOIA
FCW News
Technology has helped the government become more efficient and transparent in many areas. That hasn’t been the case in UK

USA
Editorial: Foundation of our freedom
Daily Press
President Trump's ascent to the White House came at a time when the public's right to know was already under attack...

India
Collector admits to electronic voting machine malfunction in RTI reply
Mumbai Mirror
"Every time the voter pressed a symbol of Coconut, allotted to a candidate, the LED lamp of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)'s Lotus used to flash...

U.S
The Drone Program in Pakistan Is One of the Government’s Worst-Kept Secrets
ACLU
In August 2016, the government blacked out a court ruling against government secrecy (yes, really) hiding from the public its reasons for why the ruling should remain secret...

Bangladesh
Eight years old - How is the Right to Information Act faring?
The Daily Star
539 complaints were lodged with the Information Commission by disgruntled information seekers. Of these, 364 were accepted for hearing.

USA
At 50, US Information Law Key to Open Up Government
Voice of America
This month marks 50 years since the U.S. Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) went into effect...

UK
Hazlehead Crematorium report 'must be published'
BBC
An internal report into "abhorrent practices" at Hazlehead Crematorium in Aberdeen must be published, Scotland's Information Commissioner has ruled...

India
What does privacy mean in India?
Money Control
As the Supreme Court of the country debates on the landmark judgement of whether to make privacy a Fundamental Right, here’s a look at how the privacy stands in India at the present

Australia
Mark Bailey stood down over email scandal after CCC finds 'reasonable suspicion of corrupt conduct'
ABC
The Crime and Corruption Commission's findings put further pressure on the minority Palaszczuk Government in the lead-up to the next state election...

France
'Right to be forgotten' case in France referred to top European Union court
Reporters Committee for Freedom of Press
The case centered on a question of whether citizens of France, can demand that search engine results be removed from the Internet globally...

Africa
Call For Action On The Passage Of The RTI Bill
Peacefm Online
The importance of the RTI Legislation to the development and advancement of Democracy, Good Governance, Probity and Accountability...

U.S
ACLU requests records on Iowa share of voter info to Trump voter fraud commission
KCRG
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Iowa has sent a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate requesting specifics of President Trump's "voter fraud...

Pakistan
LG Members demands greater access to Information
The Tribune
RTI application for information regarding utilization of district government funds allocated to the local bodies in last two years...

India
PM Modi flew non-official trips to rallies in IAF planes at rates fixed in 1999
Hindustan Times
The trips were largely for electioneering, and India’s election code makes it must for ministers — including the PM...

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Issue No: 143

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Issue Date: 20-06-2017

 

 

India

Info panel upholds right to inspect court registers

The Hindu

The petitioner was asked to submit an application under the Right to Information Act to the Registrar-General of the Madras High Court and obtain ...

 

Canada

No hiding abortion numbers: Ontario ruling forces gov't to allow access to statistics

Lifesite

The January 2012 law brought in by then-Premier Dalton McGuinty amended Ontario's Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) to ...

 

UK

Terrorist 'fighting deportation after 9-year prison sentence given € 250000 in legal aid'

Mirror.co.uk

According to a Freedom of Information request submitted by the Daily Mail, the criminal has so far won more than € 210,000 in legal aid for his defence ...

 

Pakistan

People need to know if their rights and liberties are at risk, says SHC

The News International

The Sindh High Court (SHC) has observed that the right to information and the right to freedom of speech are guaranteed under the constitution and ...

 

India

Maharashtra has no information on CM's attendance in office: RTI

Times of India

MUMBAI: How many days was chief minister Devendra Fadnavis in office? No one knows. A Right to Information (RTI) query filed by Jeetendra ...

 

India

Why RTI Act not implemented by BCCI? CIC asks PMO

The Tribune

The Central Information Commission (CIC) has asked the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) and Law Ministry to explain why the Right to Information law ...

 

UK

Inside Housing: trade magazine that warned of high-rise fire risks

The Guardian

In 2015 it used a freedom of information request to reveal that just 18 council-owned tower blocks out of 2,925 had sprinklers fitted. After a fire in ...

 

USA

CNN files lawsuit seeking Comey's Trump memos

CNN International

That constitutes a violation of the federal Freedom of Information Act, the lawsuit alleges. CNN asked the court to require the agency release the ...

 

India

RTI activist Nikhil Dey sentenced to 4 months in jail in 20-year-old case

Sify News

The case refers to a row in May 1998, when Dey, a Right To Information activist, had gone to a village near Jaipur to investigate reports of corruption in ...

 

Canada

Canada: Snitches Don't Get Stitches: IPC Upholds Municipal Decision To Withhold Complainant ...

Mondaq News Alerts (registration)

The requestor submitted a request to City of Toronto under the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act for records generated ...

 

Bangladesh

Learning from the US's experience

The Daily Star

... between the socio-economic and political conditions of Bangladesh and the US and the extent of their Right to Information (RTI) experiences.

 

USA

Think FOIA Is a Paper Tiger? The New York Times Gives It Some Bite

New York Times

Time has not been kind to the Freedom of Information Act. It was enacted more than 50 years ago to give citizens the right to obtain documents from ...

 

Bangladesh

BREAKING THE CULTURE OF 'SECRECY': Judiciary stands for right to information

The Daily Star

As the Court also opined, a negative opinion of the political parties in providing information would undoubtedly violate citizen's right to information ...

 

India

(Village and Block): A Comparative study of Bihar and Rajasthan

Central Information Commission

I was interested in exploring whether the right to information has made Blocks and Villages more transparent and accountable institutions at the ...

 

Ireland

Tusla 'worst offender' for refusing Freedom of Information requests

Irish Independent

"The real sense we have is this is a resource issue; I mention Tusla particularly, because they outsourced [Freedom of Information work] to the HSE ...

 

India

All talk, little information

Frontline

Comparison of RTI data show that the Narendra Modi government has not been as good for right to information as its predecessor, the Manmohan ...

 

UK

Thousands of children's operations cancelled each year, NHS figures show

The Guardian

The real number of cancellations is likely to be much higher as the figures obtained by Labour under freedom of information laws cover barely half of ...

 

India

 

Modi Urged to Ensure Speedy Appointment of Central Information Commissioners

The Wire

With many posts vacant for months, case pendency is on the rise. The National Campaign for Peoples' Right to Information has urged the prime ...

 

India

No Information For RTI Query On Taj Mahal, Archaeological Survey Officials To Lose Salary | Agra ...

NYOOOZ

... the records were not provided to a Right To Information or RTI applicant.In response to a separate RTI response, the Archaeological Survey of India ...

 

 

 

 

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Issue No: 142

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Issue Date: 02-06-2017

 

 

Pakistan

'Enforce Right to Information Act'

The News International

Coalition on Right to Information, a consortium of 52 civil society groups has demanded the Punjab

 

Pakistan

Transparency Foul

The Nation

It was presented in the Senate this week and has since then been termed redundant by various activists.

 

Ireland

State faces 60m bill for public services cards by end of year

Irish Times

Records obtained under the Freedom of Information Act reveal the Government is examining other opportunities for the use of the card, including the ...

 

Pakistan

Right of Access to Information Bill 'restrictive, ineffective'

The Nation

However, citizens are unable to exercise this right in the absence of an effective federal right to information law. The CRTI presented its charter of ...

 

Pakistan

Punjab govt failed to appoint information commissioners: Expert

The Nation

He said the Punjab government had made a legislation on the Right to Information law and made a commission to protect the citizens' right to ...

 

India

BMC has spent 540 crore, but is yet to get land for 166 projects in Mumbai

Hindustan Times

Information accessed under the Right to Information (RTI) Act revealed that the collectors' offices -city and suburban - are yet to clear land ...

 

Pakistan

Reply sought in appointments case

The News International

... of the chief information commissioner had been lying vacant for two months in violation of Punjab Transparency and Right to Information Act, 2013.

 

Pakistan

A law that will ensure secrecy instead of transparency

The News International

ISLAMABAD: The newly-drafted Right to Information Bill tabled in the Senate defeats the purpose of its formation, thus, it turns out to be a great ...

 

Brazil

Brazil does not punish public servants who don't comply with access to information law, says Article ...

Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas (blog)

... Brazil are not punished, according to a recent report from Article 19 Brazil, an NGO that defends freedom of expression and the right to information.

 

India

RTI: Lawyer seeks info on judge's IQ

Times of India

Ahmedabad: In a weird request under the Right to Information Act (RTI), a lawyer has asked for details about the intelligence quotient (IQ) of a sitting ...

 

India

RTI activist alleges bungling in BRTS

NYOOOZ

Amritsar, May 23 A Right to Information (RTI) activist and a social worker, Suresh Kumar Sharma, alleged embezzlement of funds by officials of the ...

 

Pakistan

Legalising secrecy

DAWN.com

Both the PML-N and PPP had committed in the Charter of Democracy that an effective right to information law would be enacted and the Freedom of ...

 

India

Information Commission Backs Centre, Says Details of Naga Accord to Be Kept Secret in Public ...

The Wire

... emerged about the contents of the accord even a month later, Nayak filed an RTI application with the PMO under the Right to Information Act, 2005.

 

Malta

Planning Authority keeps chairman's new salary under wraps

MaltaToday

... executive chairman's new salary, instead forwarding this newspaper to make a Freedom of Information request - a lengthier approach to obtaining ...

 

UK

Surrey Police catches 58 drivers using phones behind the wheel in month after tougher ...

Get Surrey

Just 58 drivers were caught using their mobile phones in Surrey in March, a Freedom of Information request has revealed. This figure is dwarfed by the ...

 

Pakistan

Senate body approves Right To Information bill

The News International

ISLAMABAD: The Senate Standing Committee on Information and Broadcasting accorded approval to the Right to Information Bill 2017 Monday and ...

 

UK

At least one deer is killed every week on Surrey roads

Get Surrey

Thirty five deer died on four Surrey roads alone in 2016-17, according to data from a Freedom of Information request. Surrey's deadliest road is the M3 ...

 

Pakistan

RTI bill approved by Senate committee without taking suggestion from civil society: CPDI

The Nation

ISLAMABAD: The Senate Committee on Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage has approved right to information bill tabled by government ...

 

India

Haryana Assembly Corrects Speaker's Educational Qualification After RTI Highlights Discrepancy

The Wire

Through an application filed under the Right to Information Act 2005, advocate Hemant Kumar had sought information from the state public information ...

 

Sri Lanka

Appoint Information Officers as required by RTI Act: Commission

The Sunday Times Sri Lanka

The Right to Information Commission (RTIC) has called on Public Authorities (PA) who have yet to comply, to abide by the mandatory statutory duty, ...

 

Sri Lanka

Odisha activist in Limca Book of Records for receiving highest RTI replies

Odisha Sun Times

Akhand had filed a petition under the Right to Information Act, 2005 (RTI) with the Department of Posts, Govt of India on Jan 22, 2016 asking whether ...

 

India

4000 investors conned of 440 acres

Pune Mirror

Given the magnitude of the scam, right to information (RTI) activist Vijay Kumbhar filed an application against the company. According to his blog, the ...

 

 

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Issue Date: 17-05-2017

 

 

Bangladesh

Journalists face restrictive access to government buildings

Dhaka Tribune

"Every citizen has a right to information from the Authority and the Authority shall on demand from a citizen be bound to provide information," the Right ...

 

Bangladesh

Complaints at info commission on the rise

Dhaka Tribune

Ever since the Right to Information (RTI) Act was enacted, the Information Commission has been seeing a significant rise of complaints by those who ...

 

Pakistan

Zardari wants draft RTI law presented in parliament

The Express Tribune

ISLAMABAD: PPP Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari on Tuesday urged the government to bring the draft Right to Information [RTI] law - agreed upon by all ...

 

Pakistan

PHC makes judges' salaries public

The News International

The applicant, Zahid Abdullah, a resident of Islamabad, filed an RTI request under the provision of KP Right to Information Act 2013 for making the ...

 

Pakistan

Call for effective implementation of right to information law

The News International

Veteran journalist and human rights activist Zubeida Mustafa said the Right to Information Act serves as a means of check and balance to keep the ...

 

India

Filing an FIR is no answer for a missing file; PIO should reconstruct the file, rules CIC

Moneylife

Neither lodging a first information report (FIR) with the police nor denying information to a citizen under Right to Information Act (RTI) under the pretext ...

 

India

Word power: An RTI query to BBMP hits the language barrier

Bangalore Mirror

Of all the excuses available to not provide information against an RTI (Right to Information) query, a public information officer at the Bruhat Bengaluru ...

 

Bangladesh

A new breed of truth seekers

The Daily Star

There is a new breed of fans in South Asia: fans of the Right to Information (RTI) laws in our region. These are passionate, almost fanatical, RTI ...

 

Pakistan

Marriyum Aurangzeb presents 'Right to Information Bill, 2017' before Senate

ARY NEWS

ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb on Monday laid before

 

India

How RTI changed the face of Investigative Journalism in India forever

The Siasat Daily

Shyamlal Yadav not only masters to use the Indian Right to Information law as powerful tool for his journalistic work, even more importantly, in his role ...

 

Pakistan

PTI seeks information about corruption allegations on Fawad Hassan

Pakistan Today

Therefore, she said that right to information law demands that the "unedited" version of this report must be made public. Andleeb requested that she ...

 

India

Central Government Owes Rs 451.75 Crore to Air India For VVIP Flights

Outlook India

... vice president and the prime minister, as well as special missions, according to the latest data provided under the Right To Information Act.

 

India

RTI rejection rate in most public sector banks increased in 2015-16

Hindustan Times

An analysis by a Delhi-based advocacy group of over 80,000 applications filed under the Right To Information Act with 24 major public sector ...

 

Sri Lanka

ETCA will destroy Sri Lanka's IT sector- Lasantha Wickramasinghe

Lankaweb

... measures to legalize its lack of transparency by excluding the Right to Know about international trade agreements by its Right to Information Bill.

 

USA

Number of FOIA Requests Reaches Record High

Secrecy News (blog)

Federal government agencies received more Freedom of Information Act requests last year than ever before, the Justice Department reported last ...

 

Pakistan

IHC seeks details of civil servants working in IFIs

The Nation

He adopted that this is his right to know under the Right to Information Law. The petitioner who is Pakistani and Belgium national stated that on ...

 

Pakistan

PTI seeks info on 'misuse of PM Office by Maryam Nawaz'

The Nation

... is addressed to the principal secretary of the Prime Minister's Secretariat seeking information under the Freedom of Information Ordinance 2002.

 

Scotland

Police Scotland refuse to reveal the identity of a paedophile handed rare legal order despite case ...

The Scottish Sun

But when Police Scotland were asked to reveal the detailed terms of the order under Freedom of Information rules, they refused and declined to ...

 

USA

GOP Chairman Tells Agencies What to Release in FOIA Requests

New York Times

"All such documents and communications constitute congressional records not 'agency records' for purposes of the Freedom of Information Act, and ...

 

 

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Issue No: 140

E - Alert

Issue Date: 02-05-2017

 

 

India

Govt plans to change RTI norms will make information expensive, appeals difficult

Hindustan Times

The government wants to make getting information difficult as the draft rules empower public authorities more than citizens right to information (RTI) ...

 

India

Pol parties under RTI: CIC puts matter in abeyance

India Today

The file notings have now been disclosed by the Central Information Commission under the Right to Information (RTI) Act to activist R K Jain, who had ...

 

India

RTI pleas on pension issues should be decided in 48 hrs: CIC

Business Standard

... to pension of a person pertains to his/her life and liberty which is mandated to be replied to within 48 hours as

 

Pakistan

RTIC serves notice to TMO

Pakistan Observer

Right to Information Commission (RTIC) Friday served notice on an officer of local administration for not sharing information and directed him to submit ...

 

India

Criminal case against wife for lying of being jobless to get alimony

Pune Mirror

Therefore, the husband decided to get evidence under the Right to Information (RTI) Act about her position

 

Bahamas

Activists Fear Foi Act Will Not Be Enacted As Election Looms

Bahamas Tribune

#AS the general election looms, activists fear that the government's Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) 2017 is heading for the same fate of its ...

 

Pakistan

Right to information: Multan chief engineer fined two salaries

The Express Tribune

LAHORE: The Punjab Information Commission has imposed a fine of two salaries on an executive engineer of the machinery division of Multan for not ...

 

Pakistan

Vasai doctor booked for extorting money from builder

Times of India

MUMBAI: A week after an absconding Vasai-based government doctor and Right To Information (RTI) activist was booked for extorting money from a ...

 

India

No change in fee structure, word limit for RTI queries: Centre refutes 'misleading' reports

Hindustan Times

The Centre on Wednesday dubbed as �misleading� media reports on the Right to Information (RTI) Act

 

Sri Lanka

110 Acts in conflict with RTI: DG Information

Daily Mirror

A total of 110 Acts had been found to be contradicting with the Right to Information Act when the RTI was implemented, Government Information ...

 

UK

Parking fine appeal success varies between council areas

BBC News

Figures obtained through the Freedom of Information Act show about a third of driver challenges were accepted. The figures cover initial challenges to ...

 

USA

Documents show NYPD infiltrated Black Lives Matter despite no knowledge of criminal activity

AOL

The information was made public thanks to a freedom of information lawsuit filed by a New York law firm. The documents shed light on how the NYPD ...

 

Canada

Overhaul of Canada's Access to Information Act taking too long, critic says

CBC.ca

He pointed to a global right-to-information rating chart, compiled by his organization, which gives Canada a ranking of 49 out of 111 countries.

 

India

Killing RTI: Bad idea to let an inquiry lapse if applicant dies

Financial Express

Given how the Right to Information (RTI) Act has become a powerful tool in the hands of citizens to ensure accountability from public authorities, it is ...

 

Ireland

Justice officials tried to keep Data Protection Commissioner's files secret

Irish Times

As a "partially included" body under the Freedom of Information Act the office is exempt from disclosing its records other than those to do with general ...

 

Pakistan

Court seeks copy of notification banning protests on The Mall

The Nation

The LHC sought more arguments on a petition challenging the Punjab Transparency and Right to Information Act (PTRIA). Justice Atir Mehmood of the ...

 

India

Right to information can't be curtailed, says Supreme Court

Deccan Chronicle

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday made it clear that it can't curtail the right to seek information, knowledge and wisdom as long as the ...

 

UK

Heathrow third runway: Councils spent �350000 on legal action

BBC News

Four councils under Heathrow Airport's flight path spent �350,000 on legal fees challenging the planned third runway, the BBC has learnt. Hillingdon ...

 

Sri Lanka

New anti-terrorism law undermines RTI

The Sunday Times Sri Lanka

Questions now arise on the position of the CTA against the Right to Information Act, also enacted by this Government, which denotes that public ...

 

India

The right to reject, deny, obfuscate

The Hindu

A month had passed since Prime Minister Narendra Modi's demonetisation announcement, but Venkatesh Nayak, a Right to Information (RTI) ...

 

India

RTI activists may come under increased threat with new rules

The Indian Express

The Centre is planning to impose new rules related to the Right to Information Act that will mean potential for threats and attacks to RTI activists.

 

India

Give info on sexual harassment cases to victims within 48 hrs: CIC

The Tribune

Information on sexual harassment cases should be provided to victims within 48 hours under the Right to Information Act as it pertains to their life and ...

 

India

When CIC disposed 1282 appeals of an RTI applicant in a single order

Moneylife

... the Central Information Commission (CIC) had dismissed a record 1,282 second appeals filed by an applicant under the Right to Information (RTI) ...

 

Sri Lanka

* Salawa explosion victims to take legal action to obtain compensation

Colombo Page

The victims of the blast have decided to submit an application to obtain information under the Right to Information Act on how the government has ...

 

Bangladesh

Designated officials can now receive RTI training online

Dhaka Tribune

The online training for the Right to Information Act (RTI) 2009 will be available on the Information Commission's website, Shafiul informed reporters ...

 

Sri Lanka

RTI application by TISL reveals EPF investment details

Colombo Gazette

Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL) has successfully utilised the Right to Information (RTI) Act to request and receive information relating to ...

 

Canada

Some Canadian bank record information being sent directly to IRS

CBC.ca

According to information obtained by CBC News under a U.S. Freedom of Information Act request, 31,574 such reports have been sent directly to ...

 

India

Non-Traceability Of The File Cannot Be A Defence To Deny Information CIC Read Order

Live Law

... their destruction would be seen as a destruction of evidence and will invite sanctions under the Public Records Act and the Right to Information Act.

 

Pakistan

Punjab DG anti-corruption ordered to provide info about corruption

The News International

However, the DG anti-corruption did not take an action on an application, filed by Sarmad Ali Advocate under the Right to Information Act 2013.

 

Ireland

New data shows just 2076 homes built last year

Irish Times

... State last year was just 2,076, a fraction of the Government's 15,000 estimate, according to new figures obtained under the Freedom of Information.

 

Sri Lanka

RTI: President gives people access to Cabinet decisions

The Sunday Times Sri Lanka

... has informed all Ministers that all Cabinet decisions and Memoranda not falling within excepted categories under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, ...

 

UK

Elderly people hit by council delays in free personal care

BBC News

Age Scotland's research, compiled using freedom of information requests, found significant variations across councils in the time taken to carry out ...

 

India

500 plus RTI queries: Man loses right to seek info

Deccan Herald

A Punjab resident running riot with rampant applications under the Right to Information Act (RTI) has become a pain in the neck for the state authorities ...

 

UK

More NHS mental health patients treated privately

BBC News

By George Greenwood BBC Freedom of Information researcher ... Freedom of information requests were sent to all 81 NHS mental health authorities ...

 

Australia

Western Sydney's peak-hour train services could be cut, while North Shore may benefit

ABC Online

Direct train services from Penrith could be cut back as the city's $20-billion Metro project wavers on its promise of a faster, better rail system for all.

 

USA

Trump seeks shift in visa allotments key to tech outsourcing

Information Management

Outsourcing companies now get far more visas than traditional technology companies, according to data collected through Freedom of Information Act ...

 

India

Soft drink to oil, state food monitors find 9 products of top firms 'substandard'

The Indian Express

According to information accessed by The Indian Express under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, these products include Pepsico's Mirinda, ...

 

India

SHRC orders Rs 15 lakh compensation for RTI activist's family

Daily News & Analysis

Shetty, who had exposed several land-related scams through Right To Information Act, was brutally murdered at Talegaon Dabhade in Pune district ...

 

Pakistan

PML-N to win 2018 elections with performance: Marriyum

Pakistan Today

The minister said the government was working to finalise Right to Information Bill to facilitate the journalists in order to perform their duties in a proper ...

 

Pakistan

Federal and Balochistan RTI laws most ineffective: CPDI report

The Nation

Federal and Balochistan RTI laws most ineffective: CPDI report ... Centre for Peace and Development Initiatives, (CPDI) urges federal government to ...

 

Pakistan

PTI demands PTV chairperson's resignation over 'serious violations'

The Express Tribune

�Being the citizen of Pakistan and a taxpayer, under the Article 19-A of the Constitution of Pakistan and Freedom of Information Ordinance 2002, I, ...

 

 

 

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Issue No: 139

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Issue Date: 31-03-2017

 

 

Pakistan

Our right to know

The News International

A Right to Information Bill has been doing the rounds of parliament for nearly five years and even passed the Senate in 2013 before it was allowed to ...

 

India

9.76 lakh applications filed for RTI in 2015-16

Indiainfoline

In year 2015-16, people of India filed 9.76 lakh applications under the Right to Information Act. The applications see an increase of 20% as against the ...

 

India

Narendra Modi's social media presence free of cost, says PMO to Manish Sisodia's RTI

India.com

The revelation was made in response to a Right To Information (RTI) plea filed by Delhi's deputy chief minister, Manish Sisodia demanding to know ...

 

Bangladesh

Gonojagoron Moncho uses Right to Information Act on Tonu murder case

Dhaka Tribune

Comilla branch of Gonojagoron Moncho has demanded to know the current state of Tonu murder investigation under the Right to Information Act and ...

 

Pakistan

Punjab Information Commission verdict

The News International

ISLAMABAD: With the enforcement of Right to Information (RTI) law in Punjab, citizens aware of their rights are not only filing requests to the ...

 

India

Can't apply RTI Act to unaided institutions: State info panel

Times of India

... from the government do not fall within the ambit of the Right to Information (RTI) Act, 2005, the state information commission's Pune bench has ruled.

 

Pakistan

Information commission asks LHC registrar to reveal CJ's salary, perks

DAWN.com

... had not provided him the piece of information within the time period prescribed in the Punjab Transparency and Right to Information Act 2013.

 

Malta

Shareholders' right to information

Times of Malta

The First Hall Civil Court, presided over by Mr Justice Joseph Zammit McKeon on February 28, 2017, in the case 'Dr Suzanne Wolfe Martin as ...

 

Pakistan

Hefty pay cheque: Punjab's top judge gets Rs1.05m per month

The Express Tribune

Under Section 7 of the Punjab Transparency and Right to Information Act, 2013, the CJ has nominated Deputy Registrar (Procurement) Shahbaz ...

 

USA

Court rules government employees can't hide public records in private accounts

LA Daily News

In its unanimous decision, the court made an analogy to the treatment of public records under the federal Freedom of Information Act. �In construing ...

 

India

Munna bhai MBBS style: RTI exposes over 50 applicants sent imposters to write Haryana clerk exam

India Today

The recruitment examination comprised a written test and one in computer skills. Gurugram-based Right to Information activist Harinder Dhingra, who ...

 

India

RTI Act: 50% rise in penalties imposed on central public information officers

Times of India

The Right to Information Act, 2005 provides for imposition of penalty by CIC against central public information officers (CPIO), in pursuance of section ...

 

India

Prescription for doctors who duck responsibility

Mumbai Mirror

When, under the right to Information Act, I asked for a copy of the report on the action taken, Sion Hospital's assistant dean, who was also the facility's ...

 

Pakistan

Right to information: LHC told to disclose staff salaries on website

The Express Tribune

LAHORE: In a rare move, the Punjab Information Commission has asked the Lahore High Court (LHC) to make public the records of salaries, ...

 

Pakistan

Punjab govt urged to appoint information commissioners

The News International

The Punjab Transparency and Right to Information Act 2013 which scores 139 out of 140 points on CPDI score Sheet of Right to Information Laws of ...

 

Pakistan

Right to know

DAWN.com

WILL the newly enacted Sindh Transparency and Right to Information Act 2016 be a harbinger of transparency in Sindh? The answer to this question ...

 

Sri Lanka

Caution not to strike premature body blows on RTI

Daily Mirror

Sri Lankan activists who rushed precipitously to file Right to Information (RTI) requests for the Assets Declarations of the President and the Prime ...

 

UK

Activists Stop Deportation of Asylum Seekers in London

teleSUR English

... planes with no witnesses." A Freedom of Information request found that 1,877 people were deported on such charters in 2015, reported the Mirror.

 

India

RTI applications can be filed orally: Govt

Business Standard

The applications under Right to Information (RTI) Act can be filed orally, Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh said today. Section 6 (1) of the ...

 

India

Research scholars allege₹45-lakh swindle in MKU

The Hindu

... University Grants Commission for scholarship to MKU through Right to Information Act. �I am yet to receive around ₹ 2.3 lakh of scholarship money.

 

 

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Issue No: 138

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Issue Date: 17-03-2017

 

 

Pakistan

'Bulletproof vehicles only for vulnerable officials'

The News International

The Punjab Home Department has refused to disclose information under Right to Information Act regarding use of bulletproof vehicles by government ...

 

India

Activist Moves SC Against Delhi HC Judgment Excluding AG's Office From RTI [Read Petition]

Live Law

Justice Vibhu Bakhru allowed the appeal and held that the office of the Attorney General of India is a public authority under the Right to Information Act ...

 

India

Modi's passport application cannot be disclosed: Chief Information Commissioner RK Mathur

The New Indian Express

... had earlier refused to share the documents, saying it is "personal information" which cannot be provided under the Right to Information (RTI)

 

Sri Lanka

RTI Commission seeks Rs. 76 m to carry out its work efficiently

The Sunday Times Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka's Right to Information (RTI) Commission says it has urged the Finance Ministry's Budget Director to ensure that Rs. 76 million allocated for it ...

 

India

Plea to reserve MBBS seats for govt. school students

The Hindu

He claimed that information obtained under the Right to Information Act, 2005 revealed that out of the 35,357 MBBS seats filled between the academic ...

 

Bangladesh

JS standing committee meetings should be open to public

The Daily Star

... be open to public and the wealth accounts of the public representatives should be published to make the right to information (RTI) more effective.

 

Pakistan

'Whistleblower' clause dropped from Right to Information Bill

PressReader

Pakistan's Senate committee on the Right to Information (RTI) Bill 2016 yesterday unanimously decided to drop the clause for �whistle-blowers� from ...

 

Pakistan

Interpol help sought to curb blasphemy online

DAWN.com

... Pakistan's embassy in Washington has been tasked with contacting Facebook to seek the requisite information under US Right to Information laws.

 

USA

Obama Administration Spent Record Millions in 2016 Fighting Freedom of Information Act Requests

The Root

In its final year, the Obama administration spent a record $36.2 million on legal costs defending its refusal to turn over federal records requested under ...

 

Pakistan

After Punjab and KP, Sindh passes right to information bill

The News International

Following the lead of the Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa assemblies, the provincial legislature of Sindh unanimously passed the Sindh ...

 

India

Narendra Modi degree: Delhi University college says no data of students passing out in 1978

The New Indian Express

... and Section Officer (Information) of the University, who are the deemed PIOs under section 5(4) and 5(5) of the Right to Information Act, 2005.

 

Pakistan

Needless delay

DAWN.com

THE government continues to drag its feet over the issue of enacting a right to information law and putting in place institutional mechanisms so that ...

 

Pakistan

Culture of opacity

DAWN.com

THE active history of right to information laws in Pakistan starts from 2002, when we became the first country in South Asia to pass an ordinance in this ...

 

Pakistan

Senator Babar tables report and draft of RTI bill

Daily Times

ISLAMABAD: Special Committee of Senate on Right to Information (RTI) Chairman Senator Farhatullah Babar on Thursday tabled report and draft of ...

 

 

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Issue No: 137

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Issue Date: 02-03-2017

 

 

Pakistan

Senate committee agrees to draft RTI Bill 2016

The Nation

ISLAMABAD - A Senate select committee on Tuesday unanimously agreed on the draft of the Right to Information (RTI) Bill, 2016. A formal approval of ...

 

Sri Lanka

The Right to Information Act is effective from today.

SLBC

Minister of Mass Media Gayantha Karunathilaka says the Right to Information Act is effective from today. This is an election pledge made to the public ...

 

Pakistan

CPDI calls to include stakeholders in legislation on RTI

The News International

As reported in the media, the select committee has unanimously approved draft of right to information bill and has agreed that the proposed ...

 

India

Attorney General doesn't come under RTI: Delhi HC

Daijiworld.com

Under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, any government office or authority or any organisation substantially funded by the government comes under ...

 

Pakistan

Government urged to consult stakeholders

The Nation

It is a good development that government has expedited the process of legislation on right to information, a statement issued by an Islamabad based ...

 

Pakistan

Nadra reluctant to share details of rented offices

The Nation

This correspondent, as a complainant, had filed a right to information (RTI) request on October 26, 2016, with the NADRA chairman seeking ...

 

India

Info panel: Come clean on Mecca Masjid firing report

Times of India

The commission was dealing with an appeal filed by Right to Information activist S Q Masood who had sought documents such as the terms of ...

 

Canada

Ontario keeps abortion stats a secret. Pro-lifers are suing to expose the truth

Lifesite

Maloney and her ally were in Ottawa's Superior Court on Wednesday, arguing against a change to the Freedom of Information and Protection of ...

 

Pakistan

CPDI calls to include stakeholders in legislation on RTI

The News International

ISLAMABAD: The Centre for Peace and Development Initiatives (CDPI) while welcoming the development that government has expedited the process ...

 

Nepal

Information sought from 60 colleges affiliated to TU

Republica

The NGO has been working for right to information (RTI) in Nepal and on Sunday sought information from TU's 60 offshoot colleges in Kathmandu ...

 

Sri Lanka

Batti women take RTI route to seek details on loved ones

Colombo Gazette

A group of women in Batticaloa are attempting to use the Right To Information (RTI) Act to locate their loves ones, The Hindu newspaper reported.

 

USA

FBI axes FOIA requests by email, so dust off your fax machine

TechCrunch

Starting next month, the FBI will no longer accept Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests by email. In lieu of its popular email service, the FBI ...

 

UK

Maternity crisis looms over tide of retiring staff: Third of midwives are aged over 50 as Royal ...

Daily Mail

Freedom of Information requests in 2015 found that half of hospitals had to close their doors to women giving birth at least once as they were too busy.

 

India

Now, BPL applicants have to pay for photocopies above 50 pages

Times of India

... Poverty Line (BPL) category will no longer be able to seek unlimited photocopies of desired information under the Right To Information (RTI) Act.

 

Nepal

Information sought from 60 colleges affiliated to TU

Anna Note (satire) (press release) (blog)

The NGO has been working for the right to information (RTI) in Nepal and on Sunday sought information from TU's 60 offshoot colleges in Kathmandu ...

 

India

Bar case appeal cost State Rs. 37 lakh

The Hindu

... into the bar licence renewal bribery case had cost the public exchequer an estimated Rs. 37 lakh, a Right to Information (RTI) reply has revealed.

 

Canada

End this cult of secrecy: Editorial

Toronto Star

Instead, they are governed by provisions of Ontario's Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. And that means getting access to records of ...

 

Bahamas

Freedom Of Information Bill Is Passed Despite Rollins Broadside

Bahamas Tribune

#THE House of Assembly passed the revamped Freedom of Information Bill last night, hours after Fort Charlotte MP Dr Andre Rollins launched a ...

 

UK

Stranded patients left waiting 100 days to be discharged from hospital, with one stuck for over a year

Telegraph.co.uk

The figures, gathered through data obtained under the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act, suggest that reasons for delays included a lack of home care, ...

 

Sri Lanka

RTI Commission cash-starved

The Sunday Times Sri Lanka

RTI: Even President's office is not prepared: Though the Right to Information Act officially came into force on February 3, it seems that in most ...

 

Pakistan

Busted: KP education dept demolishes PTI claims on social media!

Pakistan Today

The requested information was, after all, part of the public domain, which is accessible to anyone through the Right to Information Act, 2013. Why the ...

 

UK

More than 30 troops across the Armed Forces are having medical treatment to change their gender

Daily Mail

Thirty-four troops across the Armed forces are undergoing medical treatment to reassign their gender, a Freedom of Information request has revealed.

 

Tunisia

Is Tunisia Rolling Back Freedom of Information?

Global Voices Online

In 2016, the constitutional right to access information was reinforced by the parliament's adoption of a freedom of information law (Law n�22 of 24 ...

 

USA

How to Force Government Transparency, Even Under Trump

RollingStone.com

... generally as the Freedom of Information Act. And since 2010, MuckRock, a Boston-based nonprofit, has been helping people to file FOIA requests.

 

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka's Right to Information act ranks third place globally on the RTI Rating

Colombo Page

Sri Lanka ranks at the third place in the Global Right to Information Rating, which assess country's legal framework according to 61 indicators. Mexico ...

 

Pakistan

Ombudsman directs Nadra to respond to RTI request

The News International

Federal ombudsman has termed Nadra's refusal to entertain a right to information (RTI) request an intentional lack of transparency and accountability.

 

India

RTI activist blows whistle, faces heat

Times of India

... both state and central authorities, Right to Information (RTI) activist P Srinivas Rao, a resident of Qutbullapur, is facing heat from the city police.

 

Australia

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and ministers were told wind not to blame for South Australia ...

The Sydney Morning Herald

... target ignored confidential public service advice stating that it was not the cause, according to emails obtaine

 

India

Air quality in Delhi remains poor

Business Standard

The report, based on information obtained through online reports and Right to Information (RTI) applications from state pollution control boards across ...

 

Pakistan

Seeking greater transparency, Senate committee approves Right to Information Bill

DAWN.com

Members of a Senate select committee on Tuesday unanimously adopted a bill that seeks to codify citizens' right to information. During the meeting ...

 

Pakistan

Crossing tracks led to 1798 of 3202 train fatalities in Mumbai in 2016

Hindustan Times

According to the statistics obtained under a Right to Information application by activist Sameer Jhaveri, 3,202 passengers died and 3,363 were injured ...

 

Malawi

Malawi president signs right to information law

africanews

Malawians are now empowered by law to seek information from elected officials and public entities. This comes after President Peter Mutharika signed ...

 

Pakistan

Our right to know

The News International

In 2013, the Senate approved the Right to Information Act but it was allowed to lapse when the PML-N government didn't introduce it in the National ...

 

India

RTI applications can now be filed online; depts. asked to upload information

The Hindu

Now, it is possible to file online applications under Right To Information (RTI) Act as State Information Commission has set up a mechanism for ...

 

India

Only information can be sought under RTI Act, says PIO

The Hindu

In a bizarre reply to an application filed under the Right to Information Act of 2005, the Public Information Officer (PIO)-cum-Under Secretary of Tamil ...

 

Pakistan

Charsadda DHQ 'refuses' to provide required information to RTI Commission

Daily Times

A social audit committee (SAC) was formed to gather the required information for which Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Right to Information (RTI) Act, 2013 was ...

 

Canada

Canada: Unproven Complaints Against Employers Could Soon Be Released To The Public

Mondaq News Alerts (registration)

"(Freedom of information law) was designed to allow access to information from government agencies, not adjudicative documents from tribunals ...

 

Australia

Vocational education: Up to 3000 disabled students at risk of funding cut

The Sydney Morning Herald

Documents released under freedom of information laws show that thousands of disabled students studying courses in business administration, ...

 

Pakistan

The Right to Know bill

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

While Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab governments have adopted creditable new right to information laws, the other two provinces as well as the ...

 

India

Soon, file RTI pleas at the click of a mouse

The Asian Age

New Delhi: Filing pleas under the Right to Information Act will just be a click away for Delhiites with the city government planning to bring a new policy ...

 

India

Disclose Nathuram Godse's statement in Gandhi assassination trial: CIC

Hindustan Times

Acharyulu directed the Central Public Information Commissioner not to charge Rs 3 per page for photocopying because the Right to Information Act ...

 

Canada

Taxpayer-funded transit report kept secret by city

Toronto Star

The Star has also made a freedom of information request in this case. �Anyone who went to high school will remember that if you didn't show your ...

 

Canada

Secrecy often chokes off public information from tribunal hearings

Toronto Star

They were told they would have to file a Freedom of Information request � which can be a costly and lengthy process, with no guarantee that ...

 

UK

British troops given guide to Estonian strip clubs

BBC News

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) provided British soldiers with a guide to strip clubs in the Estonian capital, a freedom of information request to the ...

 

Nepal

Nepal, Bangladesh information commissions sign cooperation deal

Himalayan Times

... of Nepal and Bangladesh have recently made an agreement to exchange mutual cooperation regarding promotion of the right to information.

 

India

Delhi: 24 'escaped' from Asha Kiran home in six years, reveals RTI

The Indian Express

... inquiries made under the Right to Information (RTI) Act indicate that apart from deaths of inmates � some as young as eight � there have also been ...

 

UK

Driver with 62 penalty points on licence still on the road, investigation discovers

The Independent

The Freedom of Information Requests, sent out by the BBC, found 203 people were still driving despite accumulating more than 18 points.

 

India

Divorcee has no right to stay with in-laws: Rajasthan High Court

Times of India

Under the Right to Information Act, they were informed that, at the stage of police verification, it was found that criminal cases (s) were registered ...

 

India

RTI activist trying to expose fraud in pvt schools stabbed

Times of India

Hyderabad: Seeking to know the truth using the Right to Information (RTI) Act can prove costly, and the latest to face this reality is Vakiti Madhubabu, ...

 

India

Information on ₹47 lakh payment to Virat Kohli from disaster funds triggers row

The Hindu

In a reply to the Right to Information (RTI) application filed by one Ajendra Ajay, who is associated with the BJP, it was found that a payment of Rs ...

 

Pakistan

Limiting information

The News on Sunday

Over the last few years, Pakistan has become more accepting of citizen's right to information, and provinces have come up with their respective laws.

 

Sri Lanka

Illegal fishing: The Sunday Times invokes RTI law to get to the bottom

The Sunday Times Sri Lanka

... which ultimately cost Sri Lanka a ban on exports, the first application by the Sunday Times under the new

 

India

RTI query turns a nightmare for BSF constable

The Hindu

An attempt to seek information under the Right to Information Act has become a nightmare for Shibin Thomas, a BSF constable, hailing from ...

 

India

Former bureaucrat appointed Jammu & Kashmir CIC

The Indian Express

The State Information Commission was set up by the state government under the provisions of Jammu and Kashmir Right to Information Act in ...

 

Israel

New bill aims to charge left-wing NGOs to access public information

The Times of Israel

In a letter to Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein, the Movement for the Freedom of Information, a group that works to implement the Freedom of ...

 

Pakistan

Limiting information

The News on Sunday

The limitations on constitutional freedom of information must be used sparingly and only where the harm caused by disclosure of information ...

 

Nepal

KUKL refuses to respond to RTI petition

Republica

... Kathmandu Upatyaka Khanepani Limited (KUKL) has refused to respond to a Right to Information (RTI) petition seeking complete information on the ...

 

 

Transparency and Right to Information Program
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Tel: +92 (0) 51-2304987, 2304989
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Issue No: 136

E - Alert

Issue Date: 17-02-2017

 

 

Pakistan

Senate committee agrees to draft RTI Bill 2016

The Nation

ISLAMABAD - A Senate select committee on Tuesday unanimously agreed on the draft of the Right to Information (RTI) Bill, 2016. A formal approval of ...

 

Sri Lanka

The Right to Information Act is effective from today.

SLBC

Minister of Mass Media Gayantha Karunathilaka says the Right to Information Act is effective from today. This is an election pledge made to the public ...

 

Pakistan

CPDI calls to include stakeholders in legislation on RTI

The News International

As reported in the media, the select committee has unanimously approved draft of right to information bill and has agreed that the proposed ...

 

India

Attorney General doesn't come under RTI: Delhi HC

Daijiworld.com

Under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, any government office or authority or any organisation substantially funded by the government comes under ...

 

Pakistan

Government urged to consult stakeholders

The Nation

It is a good development that government has expedited the process of legislation on right to information, a statement issued by an Islamabad based ...

 

Pakistan

Nadra reluctant to share details of rented offices

The Nation

This correspondent, as a complainant, had filed a right to information (RTI) request on October 26, 2016, with the NADRA chairman seeking ...

 

India

Info panel: Come clean on Mecca Masjid firing report

Times of India

The commission was dealing with an appeal filed by Right to Information activist S Q Masood who had sought documents such as the terms of ...

 

Canada

Ontario keeps abortion stats a secret. Pro-lifers are suing to expose the truth

Lifesite

Maloney and her ally were in Ottawa's Superior Court on Wednesday, arguing against a change to the Freedom of Information and Protection of ...

 

Pakistan

CPDI calls to include stakeholders in legislation on RTI

The News International

ISLAMABAD: The Centre for Peace and Development Initiatives (CDPI) while welcoming the development that government has expedited the process ...

 

Nepal

Information sought from 60 colleges affiliated to TU

Republica

The NGO has been working for right to information (RTI) in Nepal and on Sunday sought information from TU's 60 offshoot colleges in Kathmandu ...

 

Sri Lanka

Batti women take RTI route to seek details on loved ones

Colombo Gazette

A group of women in Batticaloa are attempting to use the Right To Information (RTI) Act to locate their loves ones, The Hindu newspaper reported.

 

USA

FBI axes FOIA requests by email, so dust off your fax machine

TechCrunch

Starting next month, the FBI will no longer accept Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests by email. In lieu of its popular email service, the FBI ...

 

UK

Maternity crisis looms over tide of retiring staff: Third of midwives are aged over 50 as Royal ...

Daily Mail

Freedom of Information requests in 2015 found that half of hospitals had to close their doors to women giving birth at least once as they were too busy.

 

India

Now, BPL applicants have to pay for photocopies above 50 pages

Times of India

... Poverty Line (BPL) category will no longer be able to seek unlimited photocopies of desired information under the Right To Information (RTI) Act.

 

Nepal

Information sought from 60 colleges affiliated to TU

Anna Note (satire) (press release) (blog)

The NGO has been working for the right to information (RTI) in Nepal and on Sunday sought information from TU's 60 offshoot colleges in Kathmandu ...

 

India

Bar case appeal cost State Rs. 37 lakh

The Hindu

... into the bar licence renewal bribery case had cost the public exchequer an estimated Rs. 37 lakh, a Right to Information (RTI) reply has revealed.

 

Canada

End this cult of secrecy: Ed