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13 June 2013

New Principles Address National Security and Public´s Right to Know

The question of how to ensure public access to government information without jeopardizing legitimate efforts to protect people from national security threats is the focus of a new set of global principles being unveiled today.

The new Tshwane Principles on National Security and the Right to Information are the result of over two years of consultation around the world, facilitated by the Open Society Justice Initiative and involving governments, former security officials, civil society groups, and academics.

The Principles address in unprecedented detail the balance between secrecy and the public’s right to know, in a world that has been transformed by global efforts to combat terrorism and the parallel rise of new digital technologies, as well as the rapid growth of right to information laws.

Read more:

  • GLOBAL PRINCIPLES ON NATIONAL SECURITY AND THE RIGHT TO INFORMATION(“THE TSHWANE PRINCIPLES”) finalized in Tshwane, South Africa issued on 12 June 2013 (pdf)
  • Tshwane Principles Launch Release - June 2013 (pdf)