Friday, September 21, 2007

Public Service Announcement: 28 Sept-International Right to Know Day

Got this in my mail:

A reminder from Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ) about an important day- 28th September is the International Right to Know Day. The aim of the Right to Know Day is to raise awareness of every individual of their right of access to public information: the right to know how elected officials are exercising power and how taxpayers' money is being spent.

We hope that you will participate in this global event to raise awareness among your audience, by giving the occasion a noticeable visibility. Suggestions for topics you can bring up in your blog on 28th September-

1. Freedom of Information Act vs. Official Secrets Act. - There are now 69 nations which legally allow access to classified information. The latest entry into the league is China, who agreed to pass a law partly modeled after the FOIA. More info about FOIA in http://www.freedominfo.org/.

2. Media freedom issue- media blackout, media bias etc - they essentially mean that the reader does not have free and fair access to information. The Terengganu shooting is an example.

For your information, CIJ will be leafleting with other NGOs, such as the Gerakan Mansuhkan ISA, Empower, BERSIH on 28th September at Masjid Jamek and Putrajaya.

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