Between 2013-2016, ARI and its member organisation, the Egyptian Centre for Public Opinion Research (Baseera), have been engaged in a project that promotes access to information as a right of citizens. The project seeks to enhance citizens’ mobilisation to demand the freedom of information as a right, focusing specifically on Egypt.
In assessing access in Egypt, Baseera conducted an in-depth report that examines why the freedom of access to information is important for the construction of a modern state, studies information flows from governmental agencies through the specific study of the practices in ministries that provide services directly to citizens and non-service provision ministries, assesses how citizens use mechanisms in practice to access information from governmental agencies through a targeted elite survey of users of such information, and identifies the actions needed for the proper implementation of access to information laws in Egypt.
The executive summary of the report "The State of Information in Egypt: Activating the Constitutional Right" is available here.
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