The right of access to information is an important human right, necessary
for the enjoyment of other human rights.
The right to information is essential for transparent and accountable
government. The right of access to information makes possible the public
involvement in formulating social policies and in the decision-making
processes of governance
The right to information can only be effectively exercised and implemented
on the basis of laws, regulating this right in accordance with international
Promoting the Right to Know Day
The Right to Know Day Awards Ceremony in Bulgaria is an important raising awareness campaign tool and a stimulus for developing good access to information practices by public bodies. The Right to Know Day campaign in Bulgaria is of national scale. Access to Information Programme (AIP) coordinators in the country, who are all journalists, are assisting the media campaign preceding and accompanying the Right to Know Day by publishing and broadcasting in local media.
AIP has prepared a Right to Know Day poster, leaflets, documentaries, and other promotion materials to enhance the impact of the campaign.
As one of the founders and an active member of the Freedom of Information Advocates Network (FOIAnet) which was born on 28 September 2002 in Sofia, Bulgaria, AIP also takes part in the global FOI initiatives on the occasion of the Right to Know Day.
Right to Know Day Magnet
Access to Information Programme has made a Right to Know Day Magnet for the 10th Right to Know Day.
The design of the Right to Know Day Magnet is a present from the designer Delian Stefanov from Sofia.
AIP will hold the 10th Annual Right to Know Day Awards Ceremony on 28 September 2012 at 12.00 a.m. (EET) at the Press Club of the Bulgarian News Agency (49 Tsarigradsko shose Blvd, Sofia).
The 9th Right to Know Day Awards Ceremony in Bulgaria opened with the song “Breathe.” The music and the arrangement are made by the musician and composer Michail Yossifov. The text is written by Mariy Rossen. The song is performed by Andronia Popova – Roni and Michail Yossifov.
Access to Information Programme organizes and holds the annual Right to Know Day Awards Ceremony in Bulgaria since 2003. This year we have received 59 nominations in the six categories.
Seven video clips (in Bulgarian) show the 2010 Right to Know Day Awards Ceremony held by Access to Information Programme on 28 September at the Press Club of the National News Agency.
Right to Know Day - 28.09.2009 (in Bulgarian) is a twenty-minute reportage with the most interesting moments from the Right to Know Day Awards Ceremony organized and held by AIP in Bulgaria. Short interviews with the awardees are included.
In 2009, Access to Information Programme created the thirty-minute documentary Right to Know Day. The movie was produced by a team of ProMedia - Broadcasting Training Center Foundation within the framework of the project Local Media and Freedom of Information in Bulgaria implemented by The Management&Media Academy/Free Voiceand AIP with the financial support of the MATRA Programme of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The movie presents the history of the Right to Know Day ceremonies in Bulgaria and the positive effects from the advocacy for the right of access to information. The movie is in Bulgarian but is accessible with subtitles in English.
In 2006, a special FOIAnet leaflet was prepared to popularize the Right to Know Day.