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Calls for information freedom to be improved

Updated: Mar 25, 2021

Transparency International, Access Info Europe, the Media Rights Agenda and Canadian Association of Journalists
Organizations, individuals and media are saying legal and practical processes for accessing information should now be restored to pre-pandemic levels and even improved upon. PHOTO: ImageCollab

With International Right to Know Day having taken place on 28 September, organizations, individuals and media across the world are calling on all governments and public authorities to ensure the COVID-19 crisis is not a pretext for limiting citizens’ right to information. Organizations include Transparency International, Access Info Europe, the Media Rights Agenda and Canadian Association of Journalists, who say legal and practical processes for accessing information should now be restored to pre-pandemic levels and even improved upon.

“The transparent and timely sharing of information with the public on a proactive and reactive basis is crucial for protecting public health, preventing corruption, safeguarding democratic institutions and improving policy and decision-making. However, more than six months after the declaration of the pandemic, while many governments have found ways to return to normal operations despite challenges created by the pandemic, freedom of information requests continue to be delayed or refused,