September 28: International Right to Know Day

International Right to Know Day began on Sept. 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 Sept. 28 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.

In 2015, the UNESCO General Assembly declared Sept. 28 to be “International Day for the Universal Access to Information.” (See report.)

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.