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Issue No: 150 E – Alert Issue Date: 31-10-2017

‘N’ lawyers body head appointed information commission chief
The Punjab government on appointed PML-N Lawyers Forum Pakistan President Naseer Ahmad Bhutta as Punjab Information Commission’s chief commissioner…

Provide Information Under RTI or Face Action
Greater Kashmir
Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) Khurshid Ganie Saturday asked the public information officers (PIOs) and first appellant authorities (FAAs) designated by different departments under right to information act (RTI), to provide information to applicants under rules or face penalty clause…

Use RTI to ensure transparency, says president
The Himalayan
Inaugurating a programme organised by National Information Commission here today to mark International Day for Universal Access to Information; President Bhandari said transparency and good governance made democracy stronger…

Supreme Court asks EC to look into plea to bring parties under RTI law
Financial Express
The Supreme Court today asked the Election Commission (EC) to examine a representation for bringing political parties under the ambit of the Right to Information (RTI) Act to make them accountable and to curb the use of black money in elections…

UN & Other Organisations “Failing” on Freedom of Information
The UN and many international organizations lack the kind of freedom of information policies that are increasingly the norm among governments…

RTI Applicant Asked to Pay GST for Info
A Pune-resident, who filed an RTI application with the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) recently, was told this by the Public Information Officer (PIO)…

Victoria Police rejects FOI requests for information about car crash involving Premier’s wife
Herald Sun
PREMIER Daniel Andrews has denied he interfered to stop the release of documents detailing an investigation into a collision involving his wife after a freedom of information request was deemed to not be in the public interest…

Bihar among top 5 states in country to receive most complaints under RTI
If data on the number of second appeals and complaints filed at information commissions is anything to go by, Bihar is among the top three states where response to information…

US Sanctions N. Korean Officials for Human Rights Abuses
Delhi Times
The United States blacklisted seven North Korean officials and three government entities on Thursday, saying they engaged in human rights abuses that are “among the worst in the world…

‘Iran Resolved to Provide People with Free Access to Information
Iran Front Page
Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance of Iran, Hossein Entezami, says the government is determined to implement the law of Freedom of Information (FOI) passed about 6 years ago…

Pledge To Protect Whistleblowers
Tribune 242
THE MINNIS administration is seeking to immediately implement protections for whistleblowers in the Freedom of Information Act, despite not having a date as to when the entire legislation will be revised and fully enacted, according to Attorney General Carl Bethel…

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