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CPDI RTI Newsletter, Issue No 85


A newsletter containing news, views, articles, investigative stories in the field of

Right to Information


Around the World

Issue No: 85

E - Alert

Issue Date: 16-04-2014



Crime pays: Fury as we spent €200K educating convicts in college courses last year

Irish Mirror

Figures released by the Irish Prison Service under a Freedom of Information request also show €700,000 has been paid for classes outside jail since ...


An unused right

VARIOUS international and domestic factors have led to the adoption of Right To Information(RTI) laws across the world over the last 25 years.


Delays and excuses: Months on, no progress on right to information

The Express Tribune

The government has established the Punjab Information Commission (PIC) within the time specified in the Right to Information Act but, no public ...


Protests on animal testing at University of Bradford

Bradford Telegraph and Argus

The Anti-Vivisection Coalition (AVC) said its decision to take action followed a Freedom of Information request that revealed more than 2,000 animals ...


'Many arrests in J&K made without observing procedure'

The Hindu

In reply to an application filed under the State's Right to Information law, the Public Information Officer of Srinagar District Police has revealed that


91 with pellet injuries treated in SMHS in 3 years

Kashmir Times

This has been said by the state government in a reply to a Right to Information (RTI) plea. In reply to a RTI plea filed by Hurriyat Conference (M), the ...


Attacks on London ambulance workers rising

ITV News

... with physical assaults on paramedics and responders up 23% last year, according to Freedom of Information figures revealed in a new report.


Data obtained under Freedom of Information shows drop in crime on Adelaide's public transport

The Australian

Police figures obtained by the Sunday Mail under Freedom of Information laws show 1280 offences were committed on buses, trams, trains and at ...


Whitehall's £700k Lost And Stolen Devices Bill

106 JACK fm

Freedom of Information responses to Sky News have discovered MPs alone lost 47 laptops or tablet computers over that period. Deputy Information ...


Potholes, slips and trips cost Cornwall Council over £780000 in compensation payments

This is The West Country

Freedom of Information (FOI) request has shown that over £780,000 was paid out over four years by the authority, with £40,000 for injuries caused ...


Abbott Seeks Photo of Davis With Obama

Republican Governor candidate Greg Abbott has filed a Freedom of Information request to obtain what may be his strongest weapon in the upcoming ...


Universities refuse UCU request for pay minutes

Times Higher Education

Only 27 out of out of 139 institutions sent minutes of their remuneration committees in response to a Freedom of Information request by the union, ...


Pagans, witches and spiritualists recruited by British Armed Forces - according to figures on ...

Official figures obtained through Freedom of Information show 770 members of the armed forces declared their religion as "other" and, of these, are ...


Pagans, witches and spiritualists recruited by British Armed Forces - according to figures on ...

Official figures obtained through Freedom of Information show 770 members of the armed forces declared their religion as "other" and, of these, are ...


RTI query exposes Telangana University faculty recruitment scam

India Today

According to a report obtained under the Right to Information Act has came up with a massive recruitment scam in Telangana University. As per news ...


7 booked for driving businessman to suicide

Times of India

Police said that this group of persons had filed several applications under Right to Information(RTI) with the Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) ...


Prison bosses shut down Facebook accounts run by Scottish criminals from jail

Scottish Daily Record

FREEDOM of Information figures reveal 80 accounts were shut down, including that of killers Raymond Anderson and James McDonald. Raymond ...


85 per cent of petrol thefts still unsolved

Dewsbury Reporter

The figures, revealed after a Freedom of Information Act request, showed 432 drivers attempted to escape petrol forecourts without paying last year.


Michelle Obama's trip to Ireland cost taxpayers over $7.9 million

Daily Caller

Air Force documents obtained via a Judicial Watch Freedom of Information Act lawsuit reveal that Michelle Obama, the first daughters and their ...


Council pays out £68k in compensation to families whose children were injured at school

The Press, York

Figures obtained under the Freedom of Information Act include £26,000 paid out following trips, slips and falls, and £12,000 as a result of injuries in ...


Right to Information being misused under the cloak of activism

Daily News & Analysis

The recent arrest of a journalist, who was trying to extort money from officials of local body tax (LBT) department of Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation ...


Thousands of sex and violent offenders in Sussex avoid conviction

The Argus

Figures released under the Freedom of Information Act show it was used 1,200 times to deal with assaults resulting in an injury, and another 1,531 for ...


Information commission compensates four applicants with Rs 1.15 lakh

Daily News & Analysis

"They did not given me right information thought. In first appeal I was asked to seek ration office specific information," said Sayeed. However, when that ...


Councils issued one parking ticket every FOUR SECONDS last year raking in £255m in fines

Daily Mail

Some 7.8million penalty charge notices were left on windscreens in 2013, according to information obtained under Freedom of Information laws.




Zahid Abdullah  -  Programme Manager

Transparency and Right to Information Program
Centre for Peace and Development Initiatives, Pakistan (CPDI-Pakistan)
Tel: 051-2101594; 4319430; 2108287


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