A question-and-answer introduction to the new Global Principles on National Security and the Right to Information.
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Silence and secrecy are two of the most powerful tools that governments can employ to mute critics and cloak their actions from public scrutiny. The Open Society Foundations work to uphold the right to speak and to know—in order to support public involvement in government and accountability, and to challenge corruption and human rights abuses.
Africa's human rights commission has launched its first model law—on access to information—and its first general comments—on the interpretation of an aspect of women's rights.
The discovery of some 1,500 files belonging to Argentina's former military dictatorship marks a step forwards for accountability for past human rights abuses.
A judgment from the European Court of Human Rights on defamatory internet comments is in conflict with European Union law, and global practice.
A ruling from the European Court of Justice has underlined the need for reform of European law on public access to information.