Newsletter 191

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

Right to Information


Around the World

Issue No: 191 E – Alert Issue Date: 17-10-2019




I often avail data from government departments about the minorities’ quota in the hiring of staff…



Call to enhance journalists ‘capacity for better use of RTI laws

The News

Waleed Iqbal said Article 19 of the Constitution of Pakistan ensured freedom of speech and expression with a very few restrictions…



The growing maturity of RTI use in Bangladesh

The Daily Star

Unlike earlier years, the discussions and exchanges this year were more upbeat and hopeful about the future of the law in the country…



It’s the citizens who must protect their right to know

Jamaica Observer

The reaction of the public was understandably swift and poignantly repulsive of what was clearly the Government’s retreat to a lack of transparency in governance…



Supreme Court gives 4 weeks more to Centre, states to file replies on the plea

Times of India

The top court, while giving four more weeks for filing response, made it clear that no further adjournment would be given in the matter…



Record number of Freedom of Information requests made


The Scottish Information Commissioner reported a rise of 8% in the year 2018-19 compared to the previous year…



Do RTI Commissioners have the Right to Information?

The Wire

Governments have shown their dislike towards the institution by posting the most hostile bureaucrats as commissioners…



Lebanese Transparency Association demands the government adopt rigorous anti-corruption reforms

Transparency International

No Corruption (LTA), calls upon the Lebanese government to seriously address the demands of the Lebanese people, expressed in the demonstrations…



Your Right To Know is a cornerstone of democracy

The Australia

The multiple veils of secrecy imposed by the federal government, and the states, have drawn media organisations together…



Department of Justice Issues New Guidance on Exemption 4 to the Freedom of Information Act

JD Supra

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) generally requires federal agencies to disclose information requested by the public unless…


New York (USA)

Does your local government honor FOIL requests?


The Buffalo Niagara Coalition for Open Government recently sent FOIL requests to 16 local governments in Erie and Niagara Counties…


Sri Lanka

RI Commission says public sector needs to be more committed to releasing information

Daily FT

While there is success stories that Sri Lanka has experienced during a short period of two years since the implementation of the RTI Act…



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