Two seminars this week …
Reflecting upon FOI as a Governance Tool: The Tale of Two Countries (Australia and New Zealand)
4pm Law School UTAS Wednesday 27th September
The McKinnon High Court decision on Freedom of Information: Another step towards relegation to 2nd Division
International Council of Jurists — Law Society of Tas, 28 Murray Street 1.15pm Thursday 28th September 2006.
The two talks will cover similar territory but from different approaches and each with a different focus.
Right to Know Day
On 28 September 2002 Freedom of Information organizations from various countries around the globe meeting in Sofia, Bulgaria, created a network of Freedom of Information Advocates (FOIA Network) and agreed to collaborate in promotion of the individual right of access to information and open, transparent governance.
The group of FOI Advocates also proposed that 28 September be nominated as international “Right to Know Day” in order to symbolize the global movement for promotion of the right to information. The aim of having a Right to Know Day is to raise awareness of the right to information. It is a day on which freedom of information activists from around the world can use further to promote this fundamental human right and to campaign for open, democratic societies in which there is full citizen empowerment and participation in government.
See this from US Department of Justice: http://www.usdoj.gov/oip/foiapost/2004foiapost26.htm
The number of countries where Right To Know Day activities occur has been rapidly increasing. Furthermore the type and number of activities has also been rapidly evolving.