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Access to Information: Understanding Your Right to Public Information

  • 29/05/2024

Did you know that access to public information is a fundamental right guaranteed by international, regional instruments?  In today’s digital age, #transparency and #accountability is more important than ever. But what exactly can you access, and how can you leverage this right effectively?


💡 As a thought leader in your industry, it’s crucial to stay informed about the latest trends and regulations surrounding access to information. Why? You need to know what public data is accessible and how to access it so that you can make more informed decisions, advocate for change, and hold organizations accountable.


💪 Here are some key points to consider when exploring your right to public information:

🔹 International Instruments: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights recognize the right of access to information as a fundamental human right. These instruments set standards for governments worldwide to ensure #transparency and #accountability.


🔹 Regional Instruments: In addition to international agreements, regional bodies such as the European Convention on Human Rights or the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights also protect the right of individuals to seek, receive, and impart #information.


🔹 Practical Applications: Whether you’re a journalist investigating a story, a researcher analyzing data trends, or a citizen seeking government records, knowing how to navigate public information resources is essential. Utilize online databases, freedom of information requests, or open data portals for valuable insights.


When we exercise our right to access public information responsibly and ethically, we contribute positively to society while holding decision-makers accountable. Remember that with great power comes great responsibility! ⚖️

How do you utilize your right of access to information in your professional or personal life?

Read about the impact of accessing public information and more from IFEX, a network promoting freedom of expression and access to information.