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CPDI RTI Newsletter, Issue No 93



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

Right to Information


Around the World

Issue No: 93

E - Alert

Issue Date: 11-10-2014




Greetings from Centre for Peace and Development Initiatives.


We hear that Chief Minister of Punjab has approved the budget for Punjab Information Commission. It took Chief Minister nine months to approve budget for the PIC which indicates the level of his commitment for the cause of transparency and right to information, his frequent references to good governance and transparency notwithstanding. PIC, however, has performed well despite budgetary constraints and according to a news report, Punjab Information Commission has decided 185 complaints out of a total of 480 complaints received so far. Similarly, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Commission has received 175 complaints so far and 100 complaints have been decided.

We contacted Barrister Zafar Ullah, Secretary, Ministry of Law and Justice to seek information about the enactment of federal right to information law repealing Freedom of Information Ordinance 2002. To the question as to when was the bill going to be tabled in the National Assembly, he could not mention any specific time-frame but said that he was ‘trying to push’, which is suggestive of the fact that the federal government does not accord priority to the enactment of right to information law.


Happy reading,




Punjab conceals facts while KP provides requested details

ISLAMABAD: Two Right to Information (RTI) requests asking same questions have drawn different response as Punjab has concealed facts whereas Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa ..India


The right to information law is dying a slow death

Hindustan Times

The Right to Information (RTI) Act was supposed to be India's own version of Glasnost. But several trends suggest that the law may soon become...



Spreading the word: Students urged to use RTI law

The Express Tribune

Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Right to Information (RTI) Commission has urged students to use the RTI Act, 2013 to ensure social wellbeing and prevent ...



Informants given record £400000 by 'desperate' taxman

freedom of information request revealed HMRC paid out £402,160 in total, marking a 30 per cent rise in such “rewards” in three years. Experts said ...



E-cigarettes linked to more than 100 fires

... last three years under Freedom of Information laws. Most responded with details but eight were unable to provide figures on e-cigarettes specifically.



New law would give adopted right to birth cert

Irish Times

Ms van Turnhout insisted that, under the Constitution and international law, children and adults had a right to information about themselves and their ...



Punjab official fined for delaying access to information

The News International

Punjab official fined for delaying access to information ... information to public under the Punjab Transparency and Right to Information (RTI) Act 2013.



Be reasonable

Indian Express

The Central Information Commission has been headless since August 22 and in the interim, theRight to Information is being eroded. A month ago, the ...



First Amendment vs. freedom of information law

Washington Post

Sometimes the First Amendment guarantees access to public records (generally limited to court records). Often Freedom of Information Acts and ...



50 groups push Obama on FOIA legislation

The Hill

... more government transparency called on President Obama to publicly support legislation that would reform the Freedom of Information Act process.



Well done, Punjab Information Commission

The Express Tribune

Officials should respect citizens' constitutional right to information. ... In a bold and long-awaited move, the Punjab Information Commission handed out ...



Newspaper outraged after FBI creates fake Seattle Times page to nab suspect

Ars Technica

The information comes from documents about the 2007 FBI operation, which were acquired via aFreedom of Information Act request and published by ...



ACB won't be exempted from Right to Information Act

The Asian Age

After a section of society and activists expressed displeasure over the exemption of the anti-corruption bureau (ACB) from the provisions of the Right to ...



Personal information can't be shared even if spouse demands it: CIC

Zee News

New Delhi: Details about finances of a woman cannot be given by a public authority even to her husband under the Right to Information Act as it is ...



A Hotel's Right to Protect the Privacy of Its Guests

The Atlantic

It begins with the notion that hotel and motel guests have no right to privacy in information that they voluntarily turn over to third parties, per Smith



'Lack of Entertainment Options' Causes Rape, Say Uttar Pradesh Police


Lucknow: Responding to a Right to Information query, the police in Uttar Pradesh have listed western culture, mobile phones and lack of entertainment ...



Black money controversy: Treaties with foreign nations "undermine" Parliament, judiciary, right to ...


Top Right to Information (RTI) activist Venkatesh Nayak has alleged that Government of India's Double Tax Avoidance Agreements (DTAAs) with ...



Article 19-A — freedom of information 'on paper, not in practice'

“Every citizen shall have the right to have access to information in all matters of public importance subject to regulation and reasonable restrictions ...



Former priest attempts to access complaint documents to sue alleged victim

Brisbane Times

... 15 years ago, applied for access to 99 pages and two cassette tape recordings relating to the police investigation under the Right to Information Act.



RTI gifts freedom to life convict

The Hindu

Left with no other option, Shanmugasundaram sent a petition under the Right to Information Act to the MHA to know the status of his imprisonment in ...



P.E.I. government creates new office to handle freedom of information requests

The Guardian

The P.E.I. government has created a new office to handle all Freedom of Information requests due to a big increase in the number of requests being ...



'Hundreds chase every junior academic job'

BBC News

Journalists sent Freedom of Information requests to several universities. Some of the posts are part-time but seen as stepping stones to permanent ...



GHMC Among Top Three Dodgers of RTI Act

The New Indian Express

HYDERABAD:The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation is among the top three dodgers of theRight to Information Act by not providing ...



Maharashtra: Activists divided on right to services

Hindustan Times

Shailesh Gandhi, former central information commissioner and a Right to Services campaigner through Lokadhikar, disagreed. “The law clearly ...





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