18 September 2020

Who were the citizens most actively seeking access to information?

How did journalists use the Access to Public Information Act in their investigations and reportages and how did access to information assist NGOs in their work?

Which institutions have the best openness and transparency practices? And who were the most closed and unaccountable public authorities?  

For the 18th year in a row the Access to Information Programme (AIP) will hand out the annual access to information awards in a s special ceremony as a tradition in marking September 28th – the International Right to Know Day (RKD). The main goals of the ceremony are as follows:

▪ to assist active citizens, journalists and NGOs in their exercise of their ATI rights;

▪ to encourage institutions to fulfill their obligations under the APIA and to be transparent and accountable before society; 

▪ to indicate which public authorities are breaching citizens’ ATI rights. 

This year more than 40 nominees are competing in six categories – 4 “Golden Key” awards to citizens, journalists, and NGOs, who have actively exercised their right of access to information and public authorities with good transparency practices. Institutions with bad transparency practices receive the “Padlock” anti-award, while absurd practices are recognized with the “Tied Key” anti-award Nominations were collected via the special web site maintained by the AIP www.RightToKnowDay.net.

The 2020 Right to Know Day Awards Ceremony will be held on September 28. For the first time it will happen happen online via a video conferencing platform. 

 The Access to Information Forum project is implemented with the financial support of Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway under the EEA Financial Mechanism. 

The main objective of the Access to Information Forum project is to improve the transparency and accountability of public institutions. Click here to visit the project's webpage.