Right to Know Day
The International Right to Know Day was proposed on 28 September 2002 at a meeting of Freedom of information organisations from around the world in Sofia,Bulgaria, “in order to raise awareness about people’s right to access government information while promoting freedom of information as essential to both democracy and good governance”. Freedom of information organisations and advocates around the world have since marked the date with activities to celebrate and raise awareness of the right to information.
The aim of Right to Know Day is to raise awareness of every individual’s right of access to government-held information: the right to know how elected officials are exercising power and how tax-payers’ money is being spent.
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. Freedominfo.org and its host, the National Security Archive, were among the founding members of the FOI Advocates Network.