5.4 Chapter 4: State information that requires protection against
... 1.6 Recognised as a central pillar in the integrity framework aimed at strengthening
the democratic values of good governance, the Rule of Law and quality of life,
the Public Protector is empowered by section 182 of the Constitution to
strengthen and support constitutional democracy by investigating ...
Ken Kavanagh, August 2014(opens in new window)
... Not that I necessarily want to revisit that debate but while I might agree that the right to access
to information may not be quite the same priority or stature as certain legal and/or personal
security human rights, I support the view that access to information is a human right.
Research shows tha ...
Freedom of information laws by country
Freedom of Information laws (FOI laws) allow access by the general public to data held by national governments. They establish a ""right-to-know"" legal process by which requests may be made for government-held information, to be received freely or at minimal cost, barring standard exceptions. Also variously referred to as open records, or sunshine laws (in the United States), governments are typically bound by a duty to publish and promote openness. In many countries there are constitutional guarantees for the right of access to information, but these are usually unused if specific support legislation does not exist.