Newsletter 187

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

Right to Information


Around the World

Issue No: 187 E – Alert Issue Date: 19-08-2019


Country facing grave challenges as key institutions no longer free

National Herald India

It has never faced such challenges since independence. We paid a heavy price to get independence from the British Raj…



We found out how many times the Mueller report has been downloaded


According to data obtained by POLITICO under the Freedom of Information Act, the special counsel’s final report was downloaded nearly 800 million times…



Press freedom in Australia needs much more than piecemeal protection

The Interpreter

Alone among the Five Eyes, Australia has no explicit protection of journalists in the exercise of search warrants …


Latin America

Group of renowned Latin American journalists launch center for transnational investigative journalism

Knight Center

We are going to lead collaborative transnational projects of investigative journalism, and we want to find the most qualified people to work on these things…



Special educational needs crisis deepens as councils bust their budgets

The Guardian

Figures sourced under the Freedom of Information Act from 118 of the 151 local authorities in England show that councils are expecting to overspend…



Effective measures taken to revamp Information Ministry departments

Associated Press of Pakistan (APP)

The government achieved establishment of Commission on Right of Access to Information, rationalization of advertisement rates of electronic media…


United Kingdom

UK government under fire over £10m Brexit campaign

The Drum

Critics have lashed out at the scale of government spending on a public information campaign designed to help people…


Sri Lanka

SL has not made greater progress towards good governance & transparency


The country has made progress in the areas of peace and reconciliation, he said citing the constitutional changes that were made to establish the Right to Information a fundamental right of the citizens as an example in this regard…



Nagaland recorded highest numbers of RTI applications

The Morung Express

Among the small states category, Nagaland recorded the highest number of RTI applications received from 2006-07 to 2016-17 at 24, 896…



Bureaucrats trying to fail RTI law

The News International

These colonial mindset bureaucrats are creating hurdles in free access to information and are still unwilling to share information in the best interest of the department…



MRA Commends NIPC for ‘Initial Steps’ to Comply with FOI Proactive Disclosure Obligation

The Nigerian Voice

Media Rights Agenda (MRA) today commended the Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC) for its initial efforts at complying with its proactive disclosure obligations under the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act…



No RTI lessons for financial regulators

Money Control

It is highly unfortunate that those sections of the RTI Act have been amended which ideally should have been applied to other…



Transparency and Right to Information Program


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