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International Right to know week!

This is International Right to Know Week, “dedicated to the promotion of freedom of information worldwide. The goal is to raise citizens’ awareness level about their right of access to information under the control of government institutions.”

Around the world, September 28th is celebrated as International Right to Know Day. This began in Sofia, Bulgaria at an international meeting of access to information advocates who proposed that September 28th be dedicated to the promotion of freedom of information worldwide. FOIA Advocates has a nice map displaying as well as what’s happening in each country to celebrate this week. How about submitting a FOIA request in honor of the week?

More FOIA Resources Including a FOIA Quiz from the Associated Press

Yesterday, I posted this item linking to a new investigative report from the AP about documents removed from public view since 9/11.

Here are some interactive resources and stats from the AP regarding FOIA.

1) Take the AP “Records of Concern” Interactive Quiz
Based on the AP story linked to yesterday.

2) Interactive Chart: Information Requested From Federal Agencies
1998-2005, Stats by agency and a look at slow responding agencies.

3) U.S. Government Agency FOIA Links

4) Interactive Map: State Laws on Information Access
Cumulative Sunshine Laws, 2001-2005.

Woman faces 13-year wait for public records

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) News, Canada’s national public broadcaster, reported Monday, January 22, 2007 that

A woman from the Rural Municipality of Daly in western Manitoba faces a long wait — 13½ years, to be exact — for government records she requested about the province’s livestock industry.

Read the full story online: Woman faces 13-year wait for hog industry info.

Officials from Manitoba Province were not available for comment on Monday.