The Right to Information in Times of Crisis: Access to Information – Saving Lives, Building Trust, Bringing Hope!

This report is part of the UNESCO series ‘World Trends in Freedom of Expression and Media Development’. The report goes into the right to access information held by public authorities, the heightened importance of which has been highlighted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Access to accurate and timely information helps people make safe choices, for themselves and their families, with governments having a corresponding obligation to disseminate widely public interest information and to address disinformation. Access to information also promotes accountability regarding the highly impactful decisions governments make during emergencies. At the same time, the pandemic has disrupted normal administrative procedures, including those relating to information, such as the processing of requests for information or ensuring that relevant information is still being recorded.

Year Country Author Type
2020 Global UNESCO report
Theory of Change Keywords Download/link
Intermediate Outcome 1 access to information, covid-19, IDUAI, International Day for Universal Access to Information, right to information Download/link