World's First Rating of Right to Information: Laws Vary Enormously

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On International Right to Know Day, two leading human rights organisations, Access Info Europe (Spain) and the Centre for Law and Democracy (Canada), are launching the first detailed analysis of the legal framework for the right to information (RTI) in 89 countries around the world. (....) 

(...) “Effective protection of human rights like the right to information requires a sound legal basis,” said Toby Mendel, Executive Director of the Centre for Law and Democracy. (...) 

(...) “Testing of levels of transparency in practice is essential to have a full picture,” commented Helen Darbishire, Executive Director of Access Info Europe. “Adopting a law is only a first step to transparency; without accurate measures of access to information in practice, governments can participate in ‘transparency washing’ and claim greater respect for this fundamental human right than is in fact the case.” (...) 

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