Presidential Decrees are to be published
President Yuschchenko has issued a Decree removing the unlawful stamp restricting access “Not to be published” from numerous Presidential decrees and instructions, an absolute majority of which were issued by his predecessors
Declassify “quasi-secret” documents!
There are currently at least 800 legal acts holding the “quasi-lawful” (envisaged by a resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers, but not by law) stamp restricting access “for official use only”
Kyiv Council formally cancels hotel plan at Babi Yar
The very suggestion that any hotel could be built in this place was monstrous, and aroused outrage within Ukraine and abroad
Kyiv hotels and questions not asked
The very idea that the authorities could build a hotel at Babi Yar, a place where tens of thousands of people were murdered can arouse only sick outrage – and the urgent demand that the information be checked. There were few such public demands and the media worked in cut & paste mode
28 September 2009 - 7th International Right to Know Day
The aim of Right to Know Day is to raise awareness of every individuals right of access to government-held information: the right to know how elected officials are exercising power and how the tax-payers money is being spent
New version of the Law “On information” - going over old ground
The new version does not fully supply the needed changes, but is an improvement, and the very fact of its having been tabled could provide the stimulus to achieve the relevant changes when preparing legislative changes to the second and third readings
So what do you have to hide?
It is all very well removing thoroughly illegal stamps restricting access, like the notorious “not to be printed” and “not to be published”, however being just as secretive under different labels will not wash
Journalists win law suit against Verkhovna Rada over information
A court in Kyiv has allowed a law suit by the newspaper “Delo” and ordered disclosure of information about money spent on State-run sanatoria for National Deputies, however it named some other information of public interest “confidential”
Tell us what youre hiding!
The Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group is calling on the authorities to reveal the content of all normative acts, not just those issued with the unlawful stamps “Not to be published” and “Not to be printed”., but also those secreted away as “for official use only”.
New openness or new labels?
The Minister of Justice says that the Ministrys analysis shows that since 2005 the number of documents classified through stamps restricting access has noticeably decreased
Media outlets accuse the Presidential Secretariat of interference
“Ukrainska Pravda” and “Korespondent.net” are angered over a statement made by the Presidents Press Secretary in which she asserted that the question from Internet users which had gained the most votes reflected the interests of Russian users
Court orders Sevastopol Police to provide information about communications interception
They must provide information on the number of applications by staff for court warrants on intercepting communication channels, seizing postal or telegraphic correspondence and more
200 thousand classified documents un Ukraines archives
The Head of the State Archive Committee believes that the percentage of classified documents - 0.42% of all documents held in the archive is the lowest number of secret documents among CIS countries.
What have they got to hide? Ukrainian X-files
Monitoring carried out this year has highlighted the surreal fact that some public bodies classify as confidential their lists of confidential information …
Luhansk Region breaks all records in failure to provide information
A study carried out by civic organizations working in 9 regions of the country has found that the Luhansk region is firmly in the lead as regards the number of violations of the right to information, this time regarding land and city construction work
Access to information a real problem for Ukrainian journalists
“First prove that the information is public, and then well tell you if you can receive it”
“Totalitarian regimes usually block access to information before all else”
An interview with Volodymyr Yavorsky, Executive Director of the Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union regarding legitimate restrictions on access to information and problems in this sphere in Ukraine
Simferopol authorities want to put the clamps on information about HATO
Members of the public have already appealed against the decision
Russian television warned not to play on the language issue
The National Television and Radio Broadcasting Council has informed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of possible consequences for those foreign television channels which play on language issues or the subject of Russian – Ukrainian relations.