Newsletter 147

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

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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

UK Data Protection Laws to be Overhauled
"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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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

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'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...

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...

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

Transparency and Right to Information Program
Centre for Peace and Development Initiatives, Pakistan (CPDI-Pakistan)
Tel: +92 (0) 51-8312794, 8312795