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Friday, September 28, 2007

September 28 - International Right to Know Day

On September 28 last year we headed our blog "Right to Know" - no big deal down under",

We are pleased to see however that this article written by Tasmanian academic Rick Snell "Three quick steps to enlightened FOI" appeared in The Australian today marking September 28 as a special day.

The celebration of this day around the world began when a group of openness-in-government proponents from roughly three dozen nations joined together in Sofia, Bulgaria on September 28 2002 to form a coalition known as then "Freedom of Information Advocates Network". They chose the annual commemoration of this event in order to symbolise the global movement for the promotion of the right to information.

Today, almost sixty nations, covering all continents of the world, have established some form of regime at a national government level, similar to our own Freedom of Information laws.

Things have improved since 2002 but there is still a long way to go.

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