ICO Celebrates International Right To Know Day

September 28, 2020 | 0 Comments

As part of the Information Commissioner’s Office commemoration of International Right To Know Day, the Information Commissioner Gitanjali Gutierrez delivered her 2020 International Right to Know Day Declaration at the City Hall.

A spokesperson said, “On 28 September 2020, the Information Commissioner Gitanjali S. Gutierrez delivered her 2020 International Right to Know Day Declaration at City Hall, Hamilton, as part of the Information Commissioner’s Office [ICO] commemoration of International Right to Know Day.

“International Right to Know Day was established on 28 September 2002, by campaigners from around the world to mark the creation of the Freedom of Information Advocates Network. Since then, on 28 September each year, Information Commissioners, advocates, human rights organisations, the media, public bodies, and the public celebrate the right to access information and the principles of openness, accountability and transparency. Today, the ICO joins with nearly 120 countries with public access to information laws recognising International Right to Know Day.

“The purpose of International Right to Know Day is to increase individuals’ awareness of their right to access records held by the government and other public authorities. Since 2015, the Public Access to Information Act 2010 (PATI Act) has given Bermudians and residents the right to access public records. The PATI Act empowers Bermudians and residents to hold public authorities accountable. PATI rights level the playing field between the government and those that are governed. When Bermudians and residents use their PATI rights, it can lead to a better understanding of how and why public decisions are made.

“This year, the Information Commissioner’s Office celebrates International Right to Know Day as Bermuda is emerging from a pandemic, facing unprecedented challenges and on the cusp of Bermudians exercising their fundamental right to vote. During this unprecedented time in Bermuda’s history, Bermudians and residents expect their government and public authorities to be fully transparent and uphold good governance.

“Bermudians and residents are making their voices heard. With each PATI request submitted, Bermudians and residents are demonstrating that they expect to be involved, included and informed in public decision making that affects their lives.

“The Information Commissioner encourages the media to use this opportunity to highlight the benefits of PATI rights. The Information Commissioner is available for interviews, resources, and discussions in your preparation for programming or articles for International Right to Know Day.”

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