RTK DAY 2016
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Since 2002, when the FOIAnet was established, organisations and activists have organised events on 28 September to raise awareness on the right of information and to campaign for open, democratic societies in which there is full citizen empowerment and participation in government.
The decision to celebrate and promote 28 September as the International Right to Know Day was taken on the last day of a Freedom of Information Litigation Workshop held 26-28 September 2002 in Sofia, Bulgaria. Representatives of Freedom of Information (FOI) organizations from 15 countries took part – Albania, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Georgia, Hungary, India, Latvia, Macedonia, Mexico, Moldova, Rumania , Slovakia, South Africa, and USA, as well as representatives of international organizations active in the FOI field.
Every year since 2002, conferences, trainings, competitions, awards ceremonies, rock and pop concerts, theatre performances, movies, info-requesting campaigns, new FOI web sites, focused publications, etc. have aimed to further promote this fundamental human right on 28 September and encourage citizens, journalists and NGOs in their search for government held information.