The Access to Information Programme (AIP) is preparing to hold the 15th Right to Know Day Awards Ceremony on September 28, 2017 in Bulgaria.
The 2017 RKD Awards Ceremony will be held on 28 September 2017 (Thursday) at 4:00 pm (EET) at the Literature Club Peroto (Sofia – National Palace of Culture).
The Right to Know Day is the strongest tool in the AIP campaign for encouraging the exercise of the right to information and pushing for enhanced government transparency and accountability.
At the Right to Know Day Awards Ceremony, the AIP gives the Golden Key awards to citizens, journalists, and NGOs, who have actively exercised their right of access to information, and to the most open and transparent institutions.
To dishonor bad practices, AIP gives anti-awards for the most non-transparent institution (Padlock) and for a most absurd/funny administrative decision on an access to information request (Tied Key).
The event has gained very high legitimacy. The Golden Key award has become a symbol of freedom of information, transparency and accountability. The annual media outreach is of dozens publications, radio and TV shows.
A call for nominations has already been disseminated via national networks and media. Dozens of nominations in the six categories are collected via the special web site maintained by the AIP www.RightToKnowDay.net
Winners are selected by a jury of renowned journalists and NGO representatives.
In order to support the organization and holding of the 2017 Right to Know Day, the AIP has launched a fundraising campaign: https://igg.me/at/irtkd2017-Bulgaria/x.
We count on every contribution! So, you can also support the Right to Know Day in Bulgaria!
28 September is the day when the Freedom of Information Advocates Network was established in 2002 at a litigation conference held in Sofia, Bulgaria. The AIP is one of the founders and active member of the FOIAnet.
Since then, the AIP has been taking an active part in the FOIAnet initiatives, including the celebration of the Right to Know Day. In 2017, the AIP is among the participating FOIAnet members in the SDG 16.10.2 assessment.