This reference material aims at bringing together laws that enable citizens in having access to information held by public bodies as well as those laws that restrict access to information. First section contains laws that facilitate access to information held by public bodies. Primarily, these are two sets of laws; firstly, laws like Freedom of Information Ordinance 2002, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Right to Information Act 2013, Punjab Transparency and Right to Information Act 2013, Balochistan Freedom of Information Act 2005, Sindh Freedom of Information Act 2006 which are full-fledged laws aimed at facilitating citizens access to information at federal, provincial and district tiers of government, secondly, those laws that contain certain provisions pertaining to openness and transparency. In the case of the latter, relevant provisions have been inserted. The second section contains laws that hamper access to information. This section also contains provisions of Penal Code of Pakistan and of other laws that put a ceiling on access to information.
Centre for Peace and Development Initiatives, (CPDI) is implementing project titled ‘Strengthening Investigative Journalism through Right to Information’ in collaboration with Citizens Voice Project. This reference manual is expected to contribute to the repository of knowledge being developed under Information Clearing House (ICH) for journalists and it is hoped that journalists will benefit from this manual for investigative reporting.
Full report is attached.