Right to Information Principles
"It is increasingly being recognised that governments hold information not for themselves but, rather, on behalf of the public and that, as a result, public bodies should provide access to that information."
ARTICLE 19 has published a set of principles, The Public’s Right To Know: Principles on Freedom of Information Legislation, setting out best practice standards on freedom of information legislation.
These Principles are based on international and regional law and standards, and evolving State practice. They therefore provide a useful framework in which to discuss the features of access to information legislation.