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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.

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Can Investigative Journalism Flourish in the Arab World?

Secretive governments and social norms that discourage debate have held back quality journalism in many Arab countries. A new initiative aims to change that.

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Europeans Urge United States to Allow Edward Snowden a Public Interest Defense

European parliamentarians have formally urged the United States to allow Edward Snowden to return home without fear of facing a criminal prosecution that would exclude the possibility of a public interest defense.

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Have You Been Spied On? Here’s How to Find Out.

A landmark court ruling will allow citizens to search for their personal information in the files of Britain’s intelligence agency.

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The Role of the Internet in Building Just and Open Societies

The Open Society Foundations and others are making a public commitment to work towards an internet that is built, used, and governed in ways that allow everyone to access it and benefit from its potential.

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Who Owns the Media? Sometimes No One Knows

Ensuring transparency around media ownership is one of the simplest ways to promote democracy. Why do some countries refuse to do it?

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Freedom of the Press, Expression, and Information in Spain

This report examines the history of media freedom and freedom of information in Spain.