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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.

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.

Transparency and accountability of government actions during Covid 19 pandemic

July 18, 2020 By: information Category: RTI Column

Daily Star, June 15, 2020
Transparency and accountability of government actions during Covid 19 pandemic
Shamsul Bari and Ruhi Naz
The Covid-19 pandemic will be recorded as one of the most consequential events in human history. A small part of that history will relate to how governments interacted with their populations in responding to the crisis. Read More.

RTI/FOI Acts: Another Victim of the Covid 19 Pandemic

July 18, 2020 By: information Category: RTI Column

Daily Star, May 15, 2020
RTI/FOI Acts: Another Victim of the Covid 19 Pandemic
Shamsul Bari and Ruhi Naz
One of the institutional casualties of the global Covid-19 pandemic is people’s right to information. The Right to Information (RTI) Act, also known as Freedom of Information (FOI) Act in many countries, hosts the transparency regimes in around 130 out of some 210 countries affected by the pandemic. All of them fell victim to government lockdowns, imposed to fight the menace, making most of them inoperative almost instantly. Read More.