International Right to Know Day began on Sept. 28, 2002, when freedom of information organizations from around the world came together in Sofia, Bulgaria, and created the FOI Advocates Network, a global coalition working together to promote the right of access to information for all people and the benefits of open, transparent, and accountable governments.
The members of the Network decided to commemorate Sept. 28 as a way to share ideas, strategies, and success stories about the development of freedom of information laws and genuinely transparent governance in their own nations. Freedominfo.org and its host, the National Security Archive, were among the founding members of the FOI Advocates Network.
In 2015, the UNESCO General Assembly declared Sept. 28 to be “International Day for the Universal Access to Information.”
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