Newsletter 189

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

Right to Information


Around the World

Issue No: 189 E – Alert Issue Date: 16-09-2019


RTI, How do we compare with the rest of the world?

The Daily Star

With some 130 countries around the world having adopted Right to Information (RTI) laws, we now know a great deal about how citizens use this law…



Rajasthan reboots RTI Act: Jan Soochna Portal to provide govt information at the click of a button

Indian Express

Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot launched a “Jan Soochna Portal” aimed at easing the access to information for the beneficiaries of welfare schemes…



Access to Information Bill signed off

New Era

Nawatiseb made the remarks when the African Commission for Human and People’s Rights Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information Commissioner…


South Carolina (US)

Richland County School District One violated FOIA law at board meeting

WIS News

A lawsuit filed earlier this month in Richland County alleges Richland County School District One violated the Freedom of Information Act …



Right to Information (Amendment) Bill, 2019, All you need to know

India Today

The Right to Information (Amendment) Bill, 2019 was introduced in Lok Sabha by the Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Jitendra Singh, on July 19, 2019…



Politicians, rights groups reject idea of ‘media courts’


Politicians, media bodies and rights groups rejected the federal government’s announcement of setting up of special tribunals…



Stakeholders Review Draft Freedom of Information Bill

All Africa

The event gathered about two dozen experts from government, civil society, media and the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Right…



The right to access information highlighted by IFAP at its meeting in Malaysia

Hosted by the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia Malaysia, with the support of UNESCO, the meeting was opened by the IFAP Chair…



P&D Board Launches New Website


The Planning and Development Board has launched its new website in order to keep the citizens updated with the latest news and information…



First-ever NFIC set up in Pakistan

The Nation

The forum consists of all in-service information commissioners from federal, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab and Sindh…


South Australia

SA ombudsman wants bureaucrats to let FOI officers do their job

The Mandarin

The involvement of department chief executives and ministers in the Freedom of Information process, and has called for an Information Commissioner to be installed…



Access to Information Law Stalled

Human Rights Watch

Lebanese authorities have largely failed to comply with the country’s Right to Access to Information Law, and the government has not established the body…



Transparency and Right to Information Program


Centre for Peace and Development Initiatives, Pakistan (CPDI-Pakistan)

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