The Access to Information Programme Foundation held the 12th annual Right to Know Day Awards Ceremony on September 28. The Golden Key Award for the most efficient use of the Access to Public Information Act by a journalist was presented to Ms. Svetla Vasileva from the Duma Daily. The Padlock anti-award was given to the Prosecutor’s Office of Bulgaria for the overall and deepening lack of transparency of the institution. The Tied Key anti-award for an absurd access to information provision practice was given to the Ministry of Labor and Social Policy. The ministry provides information by e-mail only after the requestor appears at the premises of the ministry and signs a confirmatory protocol for receiving the requested information.
The decision to celebrate and promote September 28th as the International Right to Know Day was made on the last day of a Freedom of Information litigation conference held in September 2002 in Sofia, Bulgaria. This year, nearly a hundred Freedom of Information activists from Bulgaria gathered at the House of Europe in Sofia. Among the guests were representatives of the President’s Office, the Sofia City Ombudsman, partner NGOs, journalists, academia; officials from executive bodies and municipalities.
Other awards presented this year included the Golden Key award for a citizen who has most actively exercised their right of information, which was awarded to Boris Rangelov, a journalism student in Sofia; and the Golden Key Award for an institution which has most efficiently organized the provision of public information, awarded to The Municipality of Bansko.