The Government Accountability Initiative Spearheads Discussions on Why Free Access to Information Matters Around the Importance of Free Access to Information During the Right to Know Week
September 26, 2018
In support of the Commissioner for Information of Public Importance and Personal Data Protection’s efforts to promote the Right to know and raise awareness on the importance of free access to information, the Government Accountability Initiative (GAI) organized three events around the Right to Know Week (September 24-28, 2018).
The first event, a stakeholder round table on September 26, 2018, was organized in cooperation with the Commissioner, Mr. Rodoljub Sabic. GAI’s international expert, Ms. Rosana Lemut-Strle presented a comparative analysis on the Freedom of information (FOI) legal framework, the mechanisms for execution of commissioners’ decisions, and re-use of information in the region. This was followed by a lively discussion on the FOI legal framework in Serbia involving representatives of Government, the courts, academia, the international community and civil society organizations.
On September 27, 2018 GAI organized two additional events, in cooperation with CRTA. The Why Free Access to Information Matters forum engaged journalists, media and civil society organizations with panelists: Commissioner Sabic, Ms. Lemut-Strle, Partners for Democratic Change and a journalist on the significance and implications of the existing and draft amendments to the legal framework on right to access information. The second was a dialogue between the Commissioner, Media and CSOs on strategies for addressing the challenges related to the Draft Law on Free Access to Information and how to mobilize the CSO community to better advocate for improved legislation and implementation of this right.