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Freedom of Information

Freedom of Information

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.

Open Society Voices

Tackling Corruption in Armenia with High- and Low-Tech Tools

April 15, 2014 by Jed Miller

A government watchdog in Armenia is using data generated by ink and paper to fight corruption in the media.

Washington's War on Leaks Highlights Shortcomings in Law and Practice

March 13, 2014 by Emi MacLean

The curent level of prosecution of leakers of government information in the United States is unprecedented—and threatens accountability in the security sector, as well as media freedom.

Case Watch: Colombia Says No to Blanket Limits on the Right to Information

January 27, 2014 by Emi MacLean

The governments of Colombia and Peru have both tried to impose blanket bans on public access to information about national security issues; in Colombia, the Supreme Court said no.