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Freedom of Information

Freedom of Information

Freedom of Information
Freedom of Information, A comparative Legal Survey
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A UNESCO Publication by Toby Mendel, Newly updated and revised edition.
The importance of the right to information or the right to know is an increasingly constant refrain in the mouths of development practitioners, civil society, academics, the media and governments. What is this right, is it really a right and how have governments sought to give effect to it? These are some of the questions this book seeks to address, providing an accessible account of the law and practice regarding freedom of information, and an analysis of what is working and why.

"The free flow of information and ideas lies at the heart of the very notion of democracy and is crucial to effective respect for human rights... Central to the guarantee in practice of a free flow of information and ideas is the principle that public bodies hold information not for themselves but on behalf of the public."

From the Foreword by Abdul Waheed Khan, Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information, UNESCO.

  • Download the book in PDF in multiple languages

  • Annexes

  • Bibliography

  • First Edition, 2003

  • The Right to Information in Latin America: A Comparative Legal Survey