Advocacy activities carried out by IDFI in 2011

Advocacy 28 April 2014

During 2011 Advocacy activities of IDFI (Institute for Development of Freedom of Information) were fully related to freedom of information and access to information. Advocacy strategy of organization included cooperation with different public institutions, giving recommendations, taking part in different conferences and meetings and supporting local and international initiatives towards freedom of information;


On January 28th, Non-governmental organizations along with investigative journalists, academics, and access to information campaigners from 48 countries in Europe and beyond called on Members of the European Parliament to act urgently to protect EU transparency rules.

IDFI is among the signatories of a letter signed by 36 European and international human rights, media and journalists’ organisations, along with 6 leading experts in freedom of expression and information and human rights. Two years after member states of the Council of Europe committed in Reykjavik on 29 May 2009 to review anti-terror laws for their potential negative impacts on the rights to freedom of expression and access to information. The organisations are calling on the Secretary General to act to ensure that such a review takes place.


In the framework of the project the IDFI closely monitored the level of electronic transparency of ministries and public agencies and prepared detailed recommendations for each state authority separately for improving the structure of official web-sites and increasing of availability of information. It is worthy to mention that several Government institutions expressed their awareness towards cooperation with IDFI;


On March 16th, 2011, Institute submitted an open letter towards the Secretary of National Security Council due to come to a decision to expedite the creation and placement in the Internet of official web page of the National Security Council of Georgia. Open letter also included information about IDFI’s activities and stated the importance of the decision from National Security Council;


ON July 29-31, 2011 the Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI) hosted an international conference on the issues of freedom of information; Participant countries discussed common problems and achievements in the field of freedom of information in their countries;


On August 30, 2011 Georgia responded to the invitation of the President of the United States Barack Obama and the Brazilian President Dilma Rouseff and officially expressed its readiness to actively participate in the Open Government Partnership initiative as “a regional leader” and to address the challenges of open governance in the 21st century.

Advocacy activities conducted throughout 2011 were the results of working in previous years in the related field;


Other Publications on This Issue