September 28: International Right to Know Day

International Right to Know Day began on September 28, 2002, when freedom of information organizations from around the world came together in Sofia, Bulgaria and created the FOI Advocates Network, a global coalition working together to promote the right of access to information for all people and the benefits of open, transparent, and accountable governments. The members of the Network decided to commemorate this day as a way to share ideas, strategies, and success stories about the development of freedom of information laws and genuinely transparent governance in their own nations. and its host, the National Security Archive, were among the founding members of the FOI Advocates Network.

International Right to Know Day Events and Links

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    Measuring Openness

    Global Right to Information Rating
    A country-by-country rating of laws by the Centre for Democracy and Law and Access Info.

    Freedom House
    The Freedom in the World report.

    World Bank
    Worldwide Governance Indicators

    Transparency International, Corruption Perceptions Index
    Measures perceptions of the degree of corruption.

    Reporters Without Borders
    The Press Freedom Index.