On April 2nd, Toby Mendel and Laura Notess of The Centre for Law and Democracy (CLD) hosted a GFMD member-only webinar titled Right to Information in the Time of COVID-19. CLD promotes fundamental rights for democracy, with an emphasis on freedom of expression, freedom of association, the right to information, and digital rights.
On December 2nd, 2019, ARTICLE 19 released the most recent edition of their Global Expression Report which outlines and summarises all major developments in freedom of expression around the world, noting that freedom of expression is at its lowest point in a decade.
The Centre for Law and Democracy (CLD) recently launched a new Comprehensive Methodology on the Right of Information Implementation Assessment during the Paris Peace Forum, held on November 13th, 2019.
During a meeting in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) on 21 – 24 October 2019, the Inter-agency and Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goal Indicators (IAEG-SDGs) agreed to upgrade the status of the Indicator SDG 16.10.2 to Tier I.
17 October 2019 – 18 October 2019 – Bonn, Germany
Conflicts, natural disasters and inequality have forced more than 70 million people from their homes – the highest number ever. This conference brings together refugees, communication professionals and humanitarian experts to discuss issues of access to information and dialogue in forced migration settings.
On this International Day of Universal Access to Information (IDUAI) on September 27, 2019, the Open Talks aimed towards raising awareness and reinforcing social dialogue on the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 16.10.2 to ensure public access to information.
On the 28th of September, the International Day for Universal Access to Information will be celebrated worldwide, following the theme of “Leaving no one behind!”.
23-24 September 2019 – Oslo, Norway
mySociety will be hosting the third AlaveteliCon, the Freedom of Information (FOI) technologies conference.
Deadline: 13 September 2019
Job Opportunity The Centre for Law and Democracy (CLD) is seeking a new Legal Officer to join their team in Halifax, Canada. The Legal Officer will have a range of responsibilities related to safeguarding human rights, including freedom of expression and the right to information.
On July 19th at the 2019 UN High-Level Segment held at the United Nations HQ, GFMD, represented by Owais Aslam, Secretary General of Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) and member of the GFMD Steering Committee, delivered an oral statement.
The Access to Information (ATI) guide is intended to help journalists to use their fundamental right of access to public information. Through four steps, the resource seeks to concretely guide journalists as they are requesting information from a public authority.
GFMD, in collaboration with Deutsche Welle Akademie and Free Press Unlimited, in consultation with the Centre for Law and Democracy and Africa Freedom of Information Centre are pleased to announce the release of the “Road to 2030: Access to Information in the driver’s seat”.
Under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), the annual High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) is taking place from the 9th until the 18th of July 2019 at the UN Headquarters in New York.
Together, with the Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF), GFMD have conducted an assessment of the implementation of Access To Information (ATI) laws (SDG 16.10.2) in Pakistan.
Together, with the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN) , GFMD have conducted an assessment of the implementation of Access To Information (ATI) laws (SDG 16.10.2) in Serbia.
Public access to information is an important driver of sustainable development. Accurate facts and figures are needed to ensure education for all, to foster inclusive economic progress, or to better protect the environment.
In the context of the Open Government Partnership (OGP) Summit in Ottawa, the Centre for Law and Democracy together with UNESCO, will hold a session focusing on the three methodologies to assess implementation of SDG Indicator 16.10.2.
Deadline: 01 July 2019
The Special Rapporteur of the Declaration of Principles on Freedom of Expression in Africa invites all state and non-state stakeholders to forward their inputs on the revised Declaration.
Mongolia’s Constitution guarantees its citizens the freedom of opinion and expression and the right to information and to publish. In 2011 the Law on Information Transparency and the Right to Information (LITRI) was adopted following consistent lobbying from civil society.
From 26-27 March, GFMD participated in a gathering of local and national governments along with civil society actors in Tunis. The Technical Consultation was an opportunity to focus on the key messages related to the Inclusive Institutions dimension of Sustainable Development Goal 16 (SDG 16).