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Documentary on Information as Right: use of RTI Act by civil rights activists.

July 26, 2020 By: information Category: RTI Column

 

Documentary on Information as Right: use of RTI Act by civil rights activists.

We need an independent and neutral Information Commission

October 19, 2020 By: information Category: RTI Column

The Daily Star October 15, 2020
Shamsul Bari and Ruhi Naz
From its onset in early 2020, the Covid-19 pandemic has damaged trust in governments. As governments fumbled with different approaches, citizens’ distrust of them increased in tandem. Allegations of misinformation, disinformation and lack of information polluted the atmosphere.The chaos, however, gave hope to transparency enthusiasts that the experience would help governments realise the extraordinary importance of proper information sharing in democratic governance and hence the need for them to pay greater attention to proper implementation of the Right to Information (RTI) Act. Read More.

International Right to Know Day must generate serious reflections by all sides

September 17, 2020 By: information Category: RTI Column

The Daily Star, September 16, 2020
Shamsul Bari and Ruhi Naz
September is an important month for Right to Information (RTI) buffs all over the world. They undertake various activities during the month to commemorate the International Right to Know Day on September 28 with two key focus points. One, to remind citizens that the RTI Act provides them with a legal basis to find out if their government is managing the affairs of the state effectively, efficiently and honestly. And two, to remind governments that they have a duty of transparency and accountability towards their citizens, who are entitled to access nearly all information available within public offices. Read More.

Trust lost between governments and citizens during Covid-19 pandemic?

August 19, 2020 By: information Category: RTI Column

Daily Star, August 17, 2020
RTI/FOI can help to retrieve it
Shamsul Bari and Ruhi Naz
The relationship between governments and the people has been badly affected by the Covid-19 pandemic in many countries. Except in a few countries, people found it difficult to believe the government’s information. They saw vast discrepancies between the reality and what they were told. Governments did not trust their citizens to “do the right thing”, and imposed measures rather than seeking cooperation. Ultimately, this lack of mutual trust made efforts to contain the virus more difficult. Read More.