Access Info Europe And Anti-Corruption
Access to information is vital to prevent corruption and to fight against it. Across all our projects the need to eradicate corruption is a main motive for our activities, particularly when:
- • Training journalists and activists;
- • Defending transparency in court;
- • Campaigning to protect the right of access to information;
- • Developing tools to explain how the right to information works.
In this section you will find news about our work specifically focused on anti-corruption.
Tell Us What You've Done Initiative
Global study finds minimal transparency on anti-corruption efforts
25 October 2011: The first global study to test access to information about the implementation of anti-corruption treaties has found that half of the questions put to governments (50%) met with administrative silence.
The research, carried out by Access Info Europe and Transparency International and partners around the world, also found that only around one quarter of questions (just 26%) submitted in twenty countries plus the European Union resulted in information – either complete or incomplete information – being provided to the civil society requesters.
Presenting the findings of the "Tell Us What You've Done" initiative at the inter-governmental meeting on the UN Convention against Corruption in Marrakesh, Morocco, on 25 October 2011, Lydia Medland of Access Info Europe commented that "Although civil society participation is seen as integral to the UNCAC process, we found that civil society is routinely ignored by governments."
Anti-corruption organisations call for reform of Access to Information Laws in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Montenegro
Sarajevo, 1 June 2010: Faced with a chronic lack of transparency in the region, leading anti-corruption organisations today called for urgent reform of the access to information laws of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Montenegro.
The call by Transparency International BiH, Transparency International Croatia, MANS and Access Info Europe, follows consultations with citizens, journalists and NGOs who confirmed that public authorities frequently do not respect the right to information, particularly in those cases where access to information would reveal corruption.
Update: Tokyo Two given one year suspended sentence
Tokyo, 6 September 2010 - Japan's Aomori Court has found the Tokyo Two guilty of theft and trespass and has sentenced them to one year in prision, suspended for three years. Greenpeace has announced that it will appeal the judgement.
Japan: Environmentalists denied information should be acquitted
Madrid, 3 September 2010 – Access Info Europe today criticised the Japanese government for using censorship in response to access to information requests, and called for the acquittal of two environmental activists who exposed government corruption linked to the black market in whale meat.
Greenpeace anti-whaling activists Toru Suzuki and Junichi Sato, known as the Tokyo Two, are on trial for trespass and theft linked to their work to expose how whale meat from the government-funded research programme ends up in Tokyo’s top restaurants and is given to senior public officials and parliamentarians. The verdict will be announced on Monday 6 September 2010.
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