International Access to Information Day (formerly RTI Day) is celebrated annually across Australia and around the world on 28 September.
Access to information can play a key role in saving lives and mitigating the impact of crises such as the current pandemic or natural disasters. Timely access to accurate information helps citizens follow responses to the crisis, such as restrictions on movement, access to services, work and schooling, virus testing, medical supplies, and economic aid or stimulus.
For this reason, the theme for International Access to Information Day (IAID) 2020 is 'Building trust through transparency'. The Right to Information (RTI) can empower citizens and hold governments accountable in times of crisis, when critical decisions about health or public safety, the economy and human rights are being made. RTI and transparency ultimately build trust, unity and can lead to better decision-making.
IAID is designed to raise awareness of every individual's right of access to government-held information; and the public sector’s responsibility to release information, if it is in the public interest to do so. It is a day on which citizens and governments from around the world can support this fundamental human right and promote open, democratic societies in which there is full citizen empowerment and participation in government.
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