Newsletter 107

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Issue No: 107

E - Alert

Issue Date: 14-09-2015




Greetings from Centre for Peace and Development Initiatives, (CPDI).

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has partly undone what it should not have done in the first place and PMN government is not doing what it should have done long ago. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government should be appreciated for retracting exemption accorded to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly through an amendment introduced in the law on June 23, 2015.  However, it has still not been able to bring Peshawar High Court within the purview of the law and district courts are still appellate courts against the decisions of the KP Information Commission. PMLN government should be hauled over the coals for continuously dragging its feet on the issue of enacting RTI law for federal public bodies. So, the work for civil society is clearly cut out. We need to build upon our achievements. It is no small achievement that civil society has been able to have Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Right to Information Act 2013 and the Punjab Transparency and Right to Information Act 2013 got enacted. This is especially encouraging given the fact that RTI law approved by Senate Committee on Information and Broadcasting has largely benefited from these laws.  PMLN government may continue dragging its feet and our apprehension is that it will try to water down RTI bill and this is where civil society will have to be vigilant, innovative and persistent.

Happy reading,




The Supreme Court Still Adamantly Refuses to Yield to RTI

The Wire

On 20th February 2008, Satnam Singh, a prisoner in Ludhiana's Central Jail sent a Right to Information (RTI) request to the Supreme Court (SC) ...



MFWA questions Ghana's commitment to transparent governance


Ghana has in the last decade been pursuing the passage of the Right to Information Bill but the draft legislation has protracted in the country's ...


Programme on RTI stopped on DD ahead of Act's 10th anniversary

Hindustan Times

Before the 10th anniversary of Right to Information law the national public broadcaster Doordarshan has stopped showing its weekly awareness ...



RTI applicant gets protection against legal action

The Hindu

The ruling of the Kerala High Court that even an applicant under the Right to Information Act gets immunity from legal proceedings against him/her ...



CCI's negligence

Daily Times

The Council of Common Interests (CCI) has published three annual reports in order to fulfil its right to information obligations since its establishment ...



RTI: Western Railway has slashed number of trains offering normal fare tickets from 26 to 2

Financial Express

During previous years, more such trains were run during the peak summer time,” Right to Information (RTI) activist Chandrashekhar Gaur told PTI here ...



UK refuses to release 100-year-old details of its Irish spies

Irish Independent

However, a UK Freedom of Information tribunal rejected Mr Keane's appeal against the refusal by the British Home Office and the Metropolitan Police ...



Civic body asks RTI activist to pay 25K for photocopies of reply

Times of India

THANE: A city-based Right to Information (RTI) activist has been asked to shell out Rs 25,000 by the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) for a reply on ...



14 years after 9/11, secrecy shrouds many records

Miami Herald

The FBI has yet to release any other commission material –- transcripts, memos and the like –- sought in a Freedom of Information request filed by ...



BCI gifts right of privacy to NLUO after debarred LLM students cry for transparency in exam rules

Legally India

One of the debarred students filed a right to information (RTI) request with the administration to question this discrepancy and for publishing the latest ...



Information requests cost Staffordshire Council £160k

A council spent more than £160,000 in a year answering Freedom of Information requests – with businesses asking for commercial information ...



14 years after 9/11, secrecy shrouds many records

The FBI has yet to release any other commission material — transcripts, memos and the like — sought in a Freedom of Information request filed by ...



Truth censored by the top brass: Evidence that backs jailed Marine Alexander Blackman to be ...

Daily Mail

Military top brass have been plotting the cover-up for weeks – vowing to use a loophole in the Freedom of Information Act to deny the public the full ...



PA again brought within purview of RTI law

The amendment said that it was desirable to amend the KP Right to Information Act 2015 to add again the secretariat of the provincial assembly, along ...




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