‘If all mankind minus one were of one opinion, and only one person were of the contrary opinion, mankind would be no more justified in silencing that one person than he, if he had the power, would be justified in silencing mankind.’ (John Stuart Mill) Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights provides “Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.” The Constitution of Guyana contains a similar provision in Article 146 (1): “no person shall be hindered in the enjoyment of his freedom of expression, that is to say, freedom to hold opinions without interference, freedom to receive ideas and information without interference, freedom to communicate ideas and information without interference….” The broadcasting licence of Channel Six was suspended for four months effective October 3, 2011.
“Courage is never to let your actions be influenced by your fears” Arthur Koestler.
“We must not fail the billions who look to the international community to fulfill the promises of the Millennium Declaration for a better world.
“We the people of India give ourselves a corruption-free India” These were the words of a supporter of the man who has won the hearts and minds of thousands of Indians and forced a nation to turn within to examine the corruption that became an intrinsic part of everyday life.
“Access to public records gives citizens the opportunity to participate in public life, help set priorities, and hold their governments accountable.
PART 3 James Madison, the fourth President of the United States stated in 1822 “A popular Government without popular information or the means of acquiring it is but a Prologue to a farce or tragedy; or perhaps both…..
In our previous column on June 27, 2011 we summarized the principles, recommended by the international NGO known as ARTICLE 19, which should be embodied in Freedom of Information legislation.
Information is not just a necessity for people – it is an essential part of good government.
Guyana stood at 126 on the Transparency International 2010 Corruption Perception Index. That means that of the countries included in the last survey, our country was in the bottom third of the world’s most corrupt countries.