FOI activists from Sofia and the country gathered at the Literature club Peroto (The Quill) in the National Palace of Culture – Sofia to celebrate the 16th Right to Know Day Awards Ceremony. Among the guests were partner NGOs, journalists, academia; officials from executive bodies and municipalities. The Deputy Ombudsman of the Republic of Bulgaria addressed the audience for the occasion. The 2018 Right to Know Day Awards Jury selected the winners in six categories out of 35 nominations.
The AIP will hold the 16th Right to Know Day Awards Ceremony in Bulgaria on September 28 to present the “Golden Key” awards to citizens, journalists, and NGOs, who have actively exercised their right of access to information and public authorities with good transparency practices. Institutions with bad transparency practices receive the “Padlock” anti-award, while absurd practices are recognized with the “Tied Key” anti-award. 35 nominees are competing in the six categories. The media outreach has been escalating.
The Access to Information Programme is launching a fundraising campaign to support the organization and holding of the 16th Right to Know Day Awards Ceremony in Bulgaria on September 28, 2018.
This is the Freedom of Information Champions Day in Bulgaria - the climax in the national campaign for encouraging the exercise of the right to information and pushing for enhanced government transparency and accountability.
Everyone can contribute via the Indiegogo platform or to the AIP bank accounts till September 10, 2018. Every contribution matters!
Moreover, in an interview for the AIP e-Newsletter, the Speaker of the National Customs Agency and director of Directorate “Administrative Services” Ms. Tamara Vlaikova shares about the effect of the nomination on the access to information practices in the institution: The Nomination Showed a Problem in the System and Motivated its Overcoming.