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Access to Information Programme Prepares for the 11th Right to Know Day Awards Ceremony in Bulgaria

The redesigned web site www.righttoknowday.net facilitates the awards nomination process


To celebrate the International Right to Know Day, Access to Information Programme organizes and holds the annual Right to Know Day Awards Ceremony on September 28 since 2003.

The 2013 RKD Awards Ceremony will be held on 28 September 2013 (Saturday) at 12:30 pm (EET) at the Pressclub of the Bulgarian News Agency (49 Tsarigradsko Shose Blvd., Sofia). 


The Right to Know Day Awards Ceremony is nationwide and is the climax of the Right to Know Day campaign in Bulgaria. On 28 September more than 100 attendees from all over the country gather to celebrate the Right to Know Day.


At the Ceremony, four Golden Key awards are presented to a citizen, an NGO, and a journalist who has most actively exercised their right to information; and to the institution which has most efficiently organized the provision of public information and has developed positive practices.

To dishonor bad practices of not respecting the right of access to information,AIP gives an anti-award for the most non-transparent institution (“Padlock”) and an anti-award for a most absurd/funny administrative decision on an access to information request (“Tied Key”).

The 2013 Right to Know Day Awards Committee will select the winners in the six categories out of 39 nominations received through the special web site: http://www.righttoknowday.net/en, with the help of the AIP coordinators around the country (all of them journalists); and also based on the cases that have been referred to AIP for legal help during the year and the results of the special survey which we perform with regard to active disclosure of public information by the institutions.

The criteria for the awards in the different categories, as well as detailed information on the previous ten RKD Awards Ceremonies held in Bulgaria, can be found on the updated web site: www.righttoknowday.net/en. Pictures, video, and promotional materials can be found on the new web site.

The Right to Know Day campaign in Bulgaria is of national scale. 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.


The August 2013 issue of AIP Monthly FOI electronic newsletter focused on the Right to Know Day, and featured the analysis Why Does Bulgaria Need an Information Commissioner written by AIP Executive Director Gergana Jouleva (English translation will soon be released).


AIP also launched a special section on its web site: Access to Public Information Implementation which contains systematized data on the implementation of the law since its adoption in 2000 and is based on the government reports on the state of the administration (English translation will soon be released).


The thirty-minute Right to Know Day documentary shows the history of the Right to Know Day ceremonies in Bulgaria and the positive effects from the right of access to information advocacy: http://www.righttoknowday.net/en/video/play.php?id=107878. The song Breathe was composed in dedication to the Right to Know Day. In 2012, AIP made the Right to Know Day Magnet as a symbol of the ever-attracting power of the freedom of information.


28 September is the day when the Freedom of Information Advocates Network was established in 2002 in Sofia, Bulgaria. AIP is one of the founders and active member of the FOIAnet.


The organization and holding of the 2013 Right to Know Day Awards ceremony is possible within the implementation of the project Access to Information Programme – Civil Center for Support of Transparency supported by a grant from the America for Bulgaria Foundation.





Damianitza JSC has kindly contributed to the celebration of the Right to Know Day again.



Cantek Bulgaria is contributing a present in one of the categories.


Tehnopolis Bulgaria also provides a present in one of the categories. 




28 September – International Right To Know Day
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