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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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Chelsea Manning’s 35-Year Sentence: Far Beyond All Norms

In a comparable case in Israel, a young woman soldier was given three-and-a-half years in prison, while a British intelligence officer received just six months after releasing “highly sensitive” documents.

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21st Century Watergate? The Panama Papers and the Future Role of Investigative Journalism

A conversation exploring the work of the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project and the current status and implications of the Panama Papers.

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The Investigative Journalism Collaboration That Produced the Panama Papers

The bombshell reports detailing how offshore companies enable financial secrecy were made possible by a global effort of hundreds of journalists working in tandem.

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Paraguayans Embrace Their Right to Information

Paraguay’s new access to information law, enacted with the support of civil society organizations, has been used to uncover corruption across various government agencies.

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Finding a Silver Lining in the UK Surveillance Controversy

Amid the intense debate over the UK’s proposed Investigatory Powers Bill, members of parliament are backing stronger protections for whistleblowers.

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Examining Binaries: The Private Sector and the State in Development Processes  

Two Open Society Fellows discuss public–private partnerships in education and natural resource exploitation in India.