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