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July 24 2014 — Newfoundland access to information review committee hears from CLD

The Centre for Law and Democracy has conducted research on Access to Information laws globally. Newfoundland and Labrador has placed third highest in Canada, but Karanicolas says the review committee needs to assess the Newfoundland bill globally.
Click here to read the Telegram Story (July 25)
Click here to read the CBC Story
Click here to read the Telegram Story (July 24)
Click here to listen to the CFCB Story

16 July 2014 — Coverage of media lawyer workshop in Myanmar

Kamayut has published coverage of Toby Mendel speaking at the media lawyers workshop in Myanmar. The video shows Toby interacting with local lawyers and presenting the background paper prepared by the CLD. The paper will serve as a guidebook for the newly formed Myanmar Media Lawyers’ Network.
Click here to watch the Video

15 July 2014 — PATI delay ‘just a way of putting it off’

Toby Mendel was interviewed by the Royal Gazette regarding the delay in bringing the Public Access to Information (PATI) law into effect in Bermuda.
Click here to read the Story

15 July 2014 — Provincial Liberals have no review planned for FOIPOP

The Chronicle-Herald referenced a Liberal campaign promise solicited by the CLD last fall in which Stephen McNeil vowed to make Nova Scotia “the most open and transparent province in Canada.” Last week, McNeil said that he was happy with how the access to information process was working.
Click here to read the Story

14 July 2014 — Myanmar Media Lawyer Network to be formed

Toby Mendel was interviewed by Mizzima regarding the new Media Lawyer Network. The result of a meeting in Yangon between 30 local lawyers, and two international organizations; the network will provide legal aid to journalists working in Myanmar.
Click here to read the Story

7 July 2014 — Journalists charged with contempt of court in Nepal

Toby Mendel was interviewed by the Kathmandu post regarding a new Bill introduced to Parliament in Nepal, and recent contempt of courts charges brought against local journalists there.
Click here to read the Story

3 July 2014 — Federal Advisory Panel Calls for reforms to the Access to Information Act

Toby Mendel was interviewed by the Winnipeg Free Press regarding proposed reforms to the Access to Information Act.
Click here to read the Story

31 May 2014 – Newfoundland Whistleblower Law receives mixed review

Michael Karanicolas was interviewed by The Telegram regarding Newfoundland’s new Whitleblower Law. Karanicolas suggested that; the law ought to go further to cover the private sector, and that the exemption cabinet ministers’ deliberations ought to be reconsidered.
Click here to read the Story

21 May 2014 – East Timor’s curbs on media freedom

Toby Mendel was quoted in this article, by Index on Censorship, analysing restrictions in East Timor’s new media law:
Click here to read the Article

30 April 2014 – Ongoing RTI Rating Coverage

The news website Balkans.com covered Serbia’s strong showing in the RTI Rating, apparently echoing a report on Radio Serbia:
Click here to read the Story
The Italian version of Wired magazine also discussed the RTI Rating in a recent article:
Click here to read the Article (in Italian)

March 2014 – Community Radio Standards

Toby Mendel authored a guest column in EduComm Asia on community radio standards, and how to draft a regulatory framework which is conducive to a robust and independent community radio sector.
Click here to read the Column

5 March 2014 – Media Laws in East Timor

Toby Mendel was quoted in The Age, an Australian publication, discussing repressive new media laws being considered by East Timor’s parliament.
Click here to read the Story

3 February 2013 – Right to Information in Kurdistan

Kurdish Globe, an English-language newspaper based in Erbil, within the autonomous Kurdish region of Iraq, reported on an analysis of the region’s newly passed right to information law that was authored by CLD and the International Federation of Journalists.
Click here to read the Story

22 December 2013 – Right to Information in Newfoundland

Toby Mendel was quoted in an article by the Canadian Press about the right to information record of Newfoundland’s government.
Click here to read the Article

6 December 2013 – Freedom of Expression in the Tunisian Constitution

A letter signed by CLD, along with other 50 organisations, which called for the Tunisian National Constituent Assembly to propose a draft constitution that would protect the right to freedom of expression in line with Tunisia’s obligations under international law received coverage by Thomson Reuters.
Click here to read the Story

28 November 2013 – RTI in Pakistan

Toby Mendel, and the RTI Rating, were cited in a discussion among the Pakistani media about the state of the right to information in that country.
Click here to read the story in the Daily Times
Click here to read the story in The News

12 November 2013 – FOI advocates critical of Irish amendments

Irish and international civil society organisations participated in a campaign against a threatened policy change which would charge multiple up-front fees for requests deemed to include more than one question. Toby Mendel was quoted in a news story in the Irish Times about the controversy.
Click here to read the Story

8 November 2013 – Ontario must ban SLAPP suits to protect free speech

CLD, along with Canadian Journalists for Free Expression, Greenpeace Canada and the Canadian Civil Liberties Association co-authored an op-ed in the Toronto Star urging the Ontario legislature to pass anti-SLAPP legislation.
Click here to read the Op-ed

19 October 2013 – Greenpeace Podcast on SLAPP Suits

CLD Executive Director Toby Mendel was a guest on the Greenpeace Canada podcast to discuss the issue of SLAPP suits.
Click here to listen to the podcast

17 October 2013 – East Timor Media Curbs

The government of East Timor is considering legislation which would impact the functioning of the press. CLD Executive Director Toby Mendel gave a comment to al Jazeera about the proposed legislation.
Click here to read the story

30 September 2013 – Coverage of the RTI Rating Update

With the 2013 update of the RTI Rating, media sources noted that Canada’s position continues to slip:
Click here to read stories on the Canadian Journalism Project 1 2
Click here to read commentary on the Huffington Post

India’s updated score was covered in The Times of India, Silicon India and DNA India

24 September 2013 – CLD Calls for Reform of Nova Scotia’s Access Law

CLD released an Analysis of the major problems with Nova Scotia’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act as well as proposals for reform. CLD’s Legal Officer Michael Karanicolas was interviewed on News957′s “Maritime Morning” about the findings. The Analysis was also covered extensively in the print media:
Click here to read the story in The Coast
Click here to read the first story in the Chronicle-Herald
Click here to read an op-ed by Nova Scotia’s Review Officer that cites our Analysis
Click here to read a subsequent Editorial in the Chronicle-Herald about our Analysis

UPDATE: October 7
CLD subsequently sent out a letter calling on all three major parties to sign on to three concrete pledges for RTI reform. Two of the parties, the Progressive Conservatives and the Liberals, ended up endorsing the pledges:
Click here to read the story in the Chronicle-Herald
Click here to read the story in the Coast

19 September 2013 – 140 groups call on Ontario legislature to make public advocacy bill top priority
CLD was among the signatories of a letter calling on the Ontario legislature to adopt strong legislation to prevent Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPPs) from being used to limit freedom of expression, public participation and prevent the abuse of libel laws.
Click here to read coverage in the Digital Journal
Click here to read the coverage in South Coast Today

9 September 2013 – Handbook on International Standards and Media Law in the Arab World
The Kuwait News Agency published a brief article on the release of the Handbook on International Standards and Media Law in the Arab World by CLD and the International Federation of Journalists.
Click here to read the Article

24 July, 2013 – Interview with CLD Executive Director Toby Mendel in Spanish
The El Espectador sat down with Toby Mendel to discuss threats to human rights and achieving a balance with other legitimate interests, like security. The El Espectador is a nationally circulated newspaper in Colombia.
Click here to read the interview in the El Espectador

8 July, 2013- Coverage of Canada’s Access to Information Law
A report by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation cites CLD’s RTI rating for Canada’s weak access to information law. The CBC is reporting on the issue in light of recent Senate expense scandals and questions over transparency. Canada is ranked 55th out of 93 nations on the RTI rating.
Click here to read the story in the CBC

14 June, 2013- NSA Surveillance Breach of internal Human Rights Standards
The Inter Press Service noted a June 4th report by the UN Special Rapporteur Frank La Rue, co-authored by CLD Executive Director Toby Mendel, that cites concerns over increased use of surveillance and its negative effect on freedom of expression.
Click here to read the story in the IPS
Click here to read the report

31 May 2013 – Access to Information Debate in Afghanistan
The independent European Daily Express cited Centre for Law and Democracy comments criticizing a recent access to information law put forward by the Afghanistan government.
Click here to read the story in the IEDE

3 May 2013 – Further Coverage of Canada’s RTI Score

Canadian Journalists for Free Expression released a review of transparency in Canada that relied on Centre for Law and Democracy’s RTI Rating. The review, and Canada’s poor score on the RTI Rating, were picked up by the press.
Click here to read the story in the Toronto Star
Click here to read the story in Journalism in the Americas
Click here to read the story in the Lethbridge Herald

24 April 2013 – Denmark’s RTI Reforms Fall Short

Centre for Law and Democracy carried out an analysis which demonstrates that the new right to information (RTI) legislation being proposed by the Danish government, the Act on Openness in Administration, signally fails to address the very serious problems in the current regime. CLD’s work was originally covered in the Danish broadsheet: Politiken, but was also picked up elsewhere in the Danish media:
Click here to read the story in Politiken (in Danish) 1, 2
Click here to read the story in the Copenhagen Post
Click here to read the story in Ekstra Bladet (in Danish)
Click here to read the story in Nyu Interventional

20 April 2013 – Abuse of Contempt Powers in Newfoundland

On April 16, MHA Gerry Rogers was thrown out of Newfoundland’s House of Assembly after being found in contempt because a Facebook page that she was subscribed to contained very offensive statements against Premier Kathy Dunderdale. CLD Legal Officer Michael Karanicolas authored an op-ed in the St. John’s Telegram claiming that this was an abuse of the Speaker’s power, a case of guilt by association, and a violation of freedom of expression. Karanicolas also spoke on CBC morning radio about the episode. Ultimately, the Speaker admitted his actions were wrong and apologised.
Click here to read the op-ed
Click here to hear the Radio interview
Click here for coverage of the dispute on VOCM
Click here for coverage of the apology, which also cites the oped

12 April 2013 – Five Year Review of Quebec’s ATI Law

Centre for Law and Democracy participated in the five year review of Quebec’s access to information law, presenting before a National Assembly committee on April 11. CLD asserted that the Quebec law has too many unduly broad exceptions that block access to government information, including a ban on the release of cabinet and Treasury Board documents, and rates poorly compared to international better practice. The Montreal Gazette featured an article on the subject based on an interview with CLD Legal Officer Michael Karanicolas, as well as an editorial on the same theme.
Click here to read the Article
Click here to read the Editorial

9 April 2013 – ATI Requests Denied in Hospital Misdiagnosis

Articles in Metro News and the Toronto Star discuss privacy concerns and the need for openness and accountability surrounding the highly secretive review of the misdiagnosis of a “dead” baby at a Toronto-area hostpital, and quote Executive Director of CLD, Toby Mendel. Ontario’s Quality of Care Information Protection Act currently prevents the hospital from legally releasing its finding.
Click here to read the story in Metro News
Click here to read the story in the Toronto Star
Click here to read the op-ed in the Toronto Star

5 April 2013 – Renewed Interest in Canada’s RTI Rating

Reports about efforts by Canada’s federal government to muzzle federal scientists has led to renewed interest in the unsatisfactory state of transparency in Canada, with recent news stories citing Canada’s dismal showing in the RTI Rating.
Click here to read the story in the Christian Science Monitor
Click here to read the story on Arab Emirates Top News

1 March 2003 – New Pakistani Draft Law “Too Restrictive”

An International Herald Tribune article discusses a draft freedom of information law that allows government agencies to deny access to information without explanation. The article makes reference to CLD’s RTI Rating of Pakistan – 75th out of 93 countries around the world – and quotes CLD Executive Director Toby Mendel. Click here to read the Story

27 February 2013 – CLD Legal Officer Speaks at Conference in Astana, Kazakhstan

Legal Officer of CLD, Michael Karanicolas, presented the RTI rating of Kazakhstan’s Draft Law on Access to Information at the conference “Access to information: the implementation of constitutional law in the interests of civil society” in Astana, Kazakhstan on Wednesday, February 27. The event was covered by several newspapers, as well as television stations. Kazakhstan is ranked 43rd out of 93 countries around the world for access to information.
Click here to read the story in i-News
Click here to read the story in Azattyq

27 February 2013 – Information Commissioner to Report on Canada’s ATIA

A Global News article discussed Information Commissioner Suzanne Legault’s upcoming report on Canada’s Access to Information Act, and identified the Centre for Law and Democracy as one of several organizations calling for greater transparency. Click here to read the Story

26 February 2013 – Limited Access to Information in Newfoundland and Labrador

An op-ed in The Telegram examined Newfoundland and Labrador’s wide cloak of government secrecy, and made reference to CLD’s 2012 RTI ranking of Canada – 55th out of 93 countries around the world. Click here to read the Op-Ed

24 February 2013 – Canada’s Dismal RTI Ranking Disputed by Feds

An article in the Globe and Mail discussed a federal memo rebutting CLD’s RTI Rating and Canada’s dismal global ranking in freedom of information. The internal memo was requested from the Treasury Board by The Canadian Press under the Access to Information Act, and took five months to be released. The story quotes CLD Executive Director, Toby Mendel, and CLD Legal Officer, Michael Karanicolas. Click here to read the Story
Articles were also published in the Toronto Star and Buffalo Business First.
Click here for the story in the Toronto Star
Click here for the story in Buffalo Business First

22 February 2013 – Ontario Information Commissioner Seeking Greater Transparency

Executive Director of CLD, Toby Mendel, is quoted in a Toronto Star article on provincial government accountability. Click here to read the Story

8 January 2013 – Chile’s RTI Policies Showing Positive Results

An article in The Santiago Times on access to information in Chile featured CLD’s RTI Rating, and quotes Toby Mendel, Executive Director of CLD. Click here to read the Story

11 December 2012 – CJFE Campaign Highlights CLD’s Work

Canadian Journalists for Free Expression has launched a campaign against the lack of transparency in Canada’s government. One of the main talking points of this campaign is CLD’s ranking of Canada as 55th in the world in the RTI Rating. In addition to CLD’s work being featured in the ad itself, several news outlets have picked up on the campaign.
Click here to read a story in the Toronto Star
Click here to read a story in the Moose Jaw Times Herald

Canada’s performance in the RTI Rating was also mentioned in a recent CBC story about a review of compliance in public authorities by the Information Commissioner: Click here to read the story

25 November 2012 – Letter to Philippine President Attracts Coverage

A letter to Philippine President Benigno S. Aquino III signed by CLD, along with International Federation of Journalists, Southeast Asian Press Alliance and Committee to Protect Journalists, was covered by GMA network. The letter protested the lack of progress made in investigating the perpetrators of the Ampatuan Massacre, which killed 58 people, including 32 journalists.
Click here to read the Story

24 October 2012 – RTI Symposium in the Maldives

CLD Legal Officer Michael Karanicolas was among the speakers at a symposium on the right to information in the Maldives. The event was covered by local media. Michael Karanicolas also appeared on Maldivian television to discuss the right to information.
Click here to read the Story

14 October 2012 – Op-Ed on RTI in Canada

CLD Executive Director Toby Mendel authored an op-ed for the Huffington Post on the state of the right to information in Canada, making the point that Canadian jurisdictions are falling behind in the world in providing this right, and yet Canadians do not seem to be engaged on this issue.
Click here to read the Op-Ed

12 October 2012 – Media Coverage of UPR Submission

CLD, along with PEN Canada, Canadian Journalists for Free Expression, Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada and the B.C. Freedom of Information and Privacy Association, prepared a Submission to the UN Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process on Canada’s record on freedom of expression. The Submission was covered in the Ottawa Citizen and the Montreal Gazette.
Click here to read the Story in the Ottawa Citizen
Click here to read the Story in the Montreal Gazette

28 September 2012 – Full Canadian Rating Attracts Coverage

CLD’s Right to Know Day activities included the launch of a comparison of access to information laws across Canadian jurisdictions using the RTI Rating Tool, which was picked up by Canadian press.
Click here to read the Story in Macleans
Click here to read the Story in the Globe and Mail
Click here to read the story on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

In addition, the Edmonton Journal published a piece covering the rating that featured an interview with CLD Legal Officer Michael Karanicolas:
Click here to read the Story

25 September 2012 – Alberta Newspaper Cites RTI Rating

This Right to Know Week, the Calgary Herald has been an active critic of the Albertan government’s poor record on transparency. To bolster their case, they cited Alberta’s poor score in the RTI Rating. The articles also quote CLD Legal Officer Michael Karanicolas.
Click here to read the Stories: 1 2 3

13 September 2012 – Trinidadian Newspapers Quote Toby Mendel

Toby Mendel gave a talk in Trinidad and Tobago where he discussed freedom of expression. Local newspapers picked up on his comments criticising plans by Jack Warner, Trinidad’s National Security Minister, to acquire shares in two local newspapers.
Click here to read the Stories: 1 2

6 September 2012 – Ukrainian President Cites RTI Rating

In a speech to the 64th World Newspaper Forum and the 19th World Forum of Editors in Kiev, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych cited the RTI Rating’s score of Ukraine’s new law.
Click here to read about the speech

31 August 2012 – Michael Karanicolas interviewed on Transparency in Alberta

CLD’s Legal Officer was interviewed for a story on eroding transparency in Alberta.
Click here to read the Story

6 August 2012 – CLD Calls for Release of Mam Sonando

CLD drafted a letter, also signed by Lawyer’s Rights Watch Canada and the International Federation of Journalists – Asia Pacific, calling for Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen to release a journalist and prominent critic of the government. The letter has attracted media attention.
Click here for the story in Business Ghana
Click here to read the story in the Jakarta Globe

3 August 2012 – Toby Mendel in Bhutan

CLD Executive Director Toby Mendel’s recent work in Bhutan was covered by media there.
Click here to read the Story

25 July 2012 – Article on RTI in Egypt

An article by the inter-press service on access to information in Egypt featured several quotes from Toby Mendel, Executive Director of CLD.
Click here to read the Article

21 July 2012 – Indian and Pakistani Articles Cite RTI Rating

In the past days South Asian news outlets have picked up on the Global RTI Rating’s placement of Pakistan as 72nd in the world and India’s second place showing:
Click here to read an op-ed in the International News
Click here to read the story in Pakistan Today
Click here to read the story in Moneylife

3 July 2012 – Pluralistic Broadcasting in India

CLD Executive Director Toby Mendel published an op-ed in the June-September 2012 issue of CR News, a publication about community radio in India. The article discusses the importance of diversity of broadcasting outlets in a healthy democracy.
Click here to read the story

28 June 2012 – 30th Anniversary of Canada’s Access Law

In the run up to the 30th anniversary of the passage of Canada’s Access to Information Act, media outlets paid renewed attention to Canada’s poor showing in the Global RTI Rating:
Click here for the story in the Globe and Mail
Click here for the story in the Halifax Chronicle Herald
Click here for the story in the Montreal Gazette
Click here for the story in Metro News
Click here for the story in the Hamilton Spectator
Click here for the story in the Lethbridge Herald
Click here for the story in the Vancouver Sun
Click here to listen to an interview by Toby Mendel on the CBC’s Information Morning

25 June 2012 – Joint Declaration by the four special mandates on Freedom of Expression

The Joint Declaration, which was released at a conference Trinidad and Tobago, attracted significant media attention:
Click here for a story by International Press Institute announcing the conference
Click here for a story by International Press Institute reporting on the conference
Click here for a story in the Trinidad Guardian announcing the conference
Click here for a story in the Trinidad Guardian reporting on the conference
Click here for a story in The Financial

14 June 2012 – Newfoundland’s Bill 29

CLD Executive Director Toby Mendel criticised Newfoundland’s proposed access to information amendments (Bill 29) in interviews with different press outlets:
Click here to read the story on CBC
Click here to watch the full interview with Toby Mendel on CBC
Click here to listen to another interview with CBC radio
Click here to read the story on J-Source

Newfoundland’s Justice Minister Felix Collins issued a press release in response to the criticism from CLD. He also took to the floor of the House of Assembly to deride countries listed as having better access laws than Newfoundland, and to attack CLD directly as an organisation. In response to the Justice Minister, CLD Legal Officer Michael Karanicolas drafted an open letterwhich was covered by news outlets:
Click here to read a story in the CBC
Click here to read a story in the St. John’s Telegram
Click here to read the story in MetroNews (the Canadian Press)

CLD Legal Officer Michael Karanicolas also appeared on CBC television and radio:
Click here to watch the interview on Here and Now (begins at the 10 min mark)
Click here to listen to the radio on On the Go

CLD also drafted an official response, which was picked up by news outlets as well:
Click here to read the story on CBC
Click here for further coverage in the St. John’s Telegram
Click here for the story on Yahoo News
Click here to watch further coverage on NTV news

UPDATE: 26 December 2012
Bill 29, including CLD’s involvement, was subsequently voted the second most important story of the year for Newfoundland:
Click here to read the story
Update: 19 November 2013
CLD’s assessment of Newfoundland and Labrador’s right to information standing continues to be cited in political debates over transparency:
Click hear to listen to the story on VOCM

16 May 2012 – CLD Comments on Yemen Rating Receives Coverage

CLD’s rating of Yemen’s newly passed Law on the Right of Access to Information was immediately picked up by the Yemen Post.
Click here to read the story

7 May 2012 – Video of Myanmar Workshop on Broadcast Media Regulation

Myanmar’s Ministry of Information and International Media Support has released a video of the workshop held on April 23 and 25 which featured CLD Executive Director Toby Mendel.
Click here to watch the video

7 May 2012 – CLD Legal Officer Interviewed on CBC Radio

CLD Legal Officer Michael Karanicolas was interviewed twice on the radio network of Canada’s national broadcaster, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. The interviews related to a recent study by CLD which found significant deficiencies in Canada’s access to information laws, particularly in the Canadian province of Alberta (where the interviews were aired).
Click here to listen to the Calgary interview
Click here to listen to the Edmonton interview

3 May 2012 – CLD Indonesia Publications cited by University College London

UC London’s Constitutional Unit recently published a report on access to information in Indonesia which cited two of CLD’s recent books on RTI in that country.
Click here to read the report

15 April 2012 – CLD Report on Iraq cited by Bloomberg

A story in Bloomberg cited CLD’s report entitled “Freedoms in Iraq: An Increasingly Repressive Legal Net”.
Click here to read the story
Click here for coverage of the same report in Al Akhbar

10 April 2012 – Canadian Newspapers Cover Provincial RTI Rating

Centre for Law and Democracy applied its RTI Rating to four Canadian provinces, and the results were covered in several Canadian publications:
Click here to read the story in the Calgary Herald
Click here to read the story in the Edmonton Journal
Click here to read the story in the Vancouver Sun

The Calgary Herald subsequently cited CLD’s analysis of Alberta’s poor transparency record in its partial endorsement on the Wildrose Party:
Click here to read the Endorsement
UPDATE: 1 May 2012
CLD’s analysis of transparency in Alberta was discussed in more detail in a story in the Edmonton Journal, including an interview with CLD Legal Officer Michael Karanicolas:
Click here to read the story in the Edmonton Journal
UPDATE: 31 May 2012
The study received subsequent coverage in the National Post in a story about financial improprieties in Premier Redford’s constituency office.
Click here to read the story in the Post

25 March 2012 – Toby Mendel Interviewed by Brazilian Newspaper

As part of CLD’s ongoing work in Brazil, Toby Mendel recently visited the country to launch a study on broadcasting rules aimed at child protection. While there, he gave an interview to Estadao, a Sao Paolo newspaper.
Click here to read the story (in Portuguese) Part 1, Part 2

20 March 2012 – Toby Mendel Interviewed Zambian Newspaper

Toby Mendel gave an interview in the Zambia Daily Mail where he stressed the importance of the right to information in combatting corruption.
Click here to read the story

5 March 2012 – Video of Toby Mendel’s Testimony Before the Indonesian Constitutional Court

In July 2008 Toby CLD Executive Director Toby Mendel testified before the Indonesian Constitutional Court on international approaches to freedom of expression. The video has now been posted to YouTube.
Click here to watch the video

28 February 2012 – This Week in Palestine prints piece by Toby Mendel

Toby Mendel, Executive Director of CLD, has published a piece in This Week in Palestine on digital communication in the Middle East.
Click here to read the story

18 February 2012 – CLD Executive Director Published in the Egypt Independent

Since the “Arab Spring” revolution, CLD has been working on the ground in Egypt to develop transparency laws. As part of the work to raise awareness, Toby Mendel published this article in the Egypt Independent on why the right to information is important.
Click here to read the story (in English) (in Arabic)
UPDATE: 10 June 2012
Toby Mendel’s article was quoted in a follow-up story discussing Egypt’s progress towards establishing a framework for RTI.
Click here to read the follow-up story

13 Jan 2012 – CLD Executive Director Quoted by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

In a recent story on problems with the Canadian government’s approach to open government the CBC, Canada’s national broadcaster, quoted CLD Executive Director Toby Mendel.
Click here to read the story

15 Dec 2011 – CLD Legal Officer Featured on Insight Indonesia

CLD Legal Officer Michael Karanicolas was featured on a recent broadcast of Insight Indonesia on Beritasatu TV. The wide-ranging, 30 minute interview discussed the history and current status of the right to information around the world, the development of the right to information in Indonesia, and the work of CLD in promoting government openness in Indonesia.
Click here to watch the interview

19 Oct 2011 – Georgian President Comments on the Ask Your Government! 6 Question Campaign

Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili prominently commented on his country’s high score in the Ask Your Government! 6 Question Campaign in remarks to government. The remarks were picked up by a number of media outlets.
Click here to read a story about President Saakashvili’s remarks
Click here to watch a news clip about President Saakashvili’s remarks (in Russian)

19 Oct 2011 – RTI Conference in El Salvador Spurs Discussion

CLD Executive Director Toby Mendel addressed a conference in El Salvador entitled: “Transparency and the Rule of Law: Implementation of the Law of Access to Information” organized by Fusades, a local NGO. The conference, and Toby Mendel’s comments specifically, attracted attention in the nation’s main newspapers, pushing discussion of the right to information into the public discourse.
Read the article in El Diario de Hoy (in Spanish)
Read the article in El Mundo (in Spanish)

11 Oct 2011 – Global RTI Index Attracts Media Coverage

The unveiling of our Global RTI Index attracted considerable attention in the Canadian media, which focused on Canada’s poor rating:
Read our coverage in the Toronto Star
Read our coverage in the Vancouver Sun

The rating also garnered significant coverage in other countries, including:
The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia)
Gazeta Prawna (Poland – in Polish)
The Slovenian Press Agency (Slovenia)
el Imparcial (Spain – in Spanish)
heise online (Austria – in German)
Krone.at (Austria – in German)
Public Service Europe
Kibris Potasi (Cyprus – in Greek)

UPDATE 21 November 2011: Our findings have also made their way into the academic discourse, cited in a Bosnian journal available here.
UPDATE 3 May 2012: The RTI Rating continues to attract coverage, and was mentioned in a recent article in the Toronto Star about government transparency, available here.

26 December 2010 – Jakarta Globe Examines Indonesia’s New RTI Law

CLD Executive Director Toby Mendel was quoted in an article on the Jakarta Globe about problems with Indonesia’s Law on Public Information Transparency.
Click here to read the article

24 December 2010 – Activists Call on Cayman Islands to Halt Prosecutions

CLD, along with several other human rights organisations, signed an open letter calling on the Cayman Islands’ Speaker of the House to put an end to the prosecution of the Caymanian Compass, a newspaper, and one of its journalists. In an article on the subject, the Caymanian Compass quoted CLD Executive Director Toby Mendel.
Click here to read the article

30 August 2010 – Secrecy in the Process of Adopting a Law on Transparency in Spain

CLD Executive Director, Toby Mendel, was quoted in the Spanish newspaper ABC, in an articles lamenting the fact that there has so far been little consultation around the preparation of a right to information law in Spain.
Click here to read the article (in Spanish)
UPDATE: Toby Mendel was also quoted in a follow-up article, printed the following month.
Click here to read the second article (in Spanish)

26 July 2010 – Access a Fundamental Right, Supreme Court Says

Published as an Op Ed in the Chronicle Herald of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, this piece by CLD Executive Director Toby Mendel outlines the recent decision of the Supreme Court of Canada, holding that the general constitutional right to freedom of expression includes a right to access information held by public bodies.
Click here to read the Op Ed.

10 June 2010 – Guess Whose Access Laws are More Open than Nova Scotia’s?: Try India’s or Mexico’s on for Size

Published as an Op Ed in the Chronicle Herald of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, this piece by CLD Executive Director Toby Mendel highlights how Nova Scotia’s right to information law is struggling to meet public demand for information and is now less progressive than newer generation laws in India and Mexico.
Click here to read the Op Ed

24 May 2010 – Freedom of Information Now

Picture on the website of the Philippine Congress of CLD Executive Director, Toby Mendel, of a public meeting held in the Congress building to promote the adoption of freedom of information legislation.
Click here to see the picture

19 May 2010 – Let media set up its own regulatory body, international human rights lawyer urges MPs

A Bermudan newspaper, The Royal Gazette, published an article about a CLD letter urging MPs not to adopt the Media Council Bill.

3 May 2010 – The Right to Information: A Human Right

This piece by CLD Executive Director Toby Mendel provides an overview of the recognition in national law and by international courts of the right to information, as well as some of the key benefits of the right to information. It was picked up by local media in Quito after being disseminated by the local branch of UNESCO.
Click here to read the Article (in Spanish)

20 January 2010 – ‘The PATI bill, as drafted, is a good law’

A Bermudan newspaper, The Royal Gazette, published an article about the development and adoption of a local right to information law.