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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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Freedom of the Press, Expression, and Information in Spain

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

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New Document Throws More Light on Mexico’s San Fernando Killings

A newly released document from the investigation into the 2010–11 massacres of migrants in San Fernando paints a picture of official connections to organized crime.

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Mexican Transparency Law: A Chance to Strengthen Accountability

Strengthening public access to information in Mexico should support true democratic oversight of police, investigative, and prosecutorial authorities.

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Propaganda Revisited: A Look at Current Practice in Russia and Egypt  

Peter Pomerantsev, Michael Weiss, and Rabab El Mahdi discuss the deployment of propaganda and mis/disinformation in Russia and Egypt.

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Court Clears the Way for Greater Press Freedom in Africa

In a judgment that could have ramifications throughout the continent, an African international court has ruled that journalists should be protected from imprisonment for criminal defamation.

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Case Watch: Top Argentine Court Blazes a Trail on Online Free Expression

In a groundbreaking judgment, the Argentina Supreme Court found that search engines are not liable for unlawful third-party content appearing in search results.