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  1. Connexions
    Volume 9, Number 2 - Summer 1984 - Rights and Liberties - A Digest of Resources & Groups for Social

    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    Published: 1984
  2. Decision not file charges in CIA video destruction deals new setback to right to information
    Sources News Release

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2010
    The decision not to file charges against any of the CIA officers who destroyed 92 videos of interrogations in secret CIA prisons has dealt a new blow to the search for truth in a matter of public interest and to the public’s right of access.
  3. Dismantling Democracy
    Stifling Debate and Dissent in Canada

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2015
    An extensive dossier of the Harper government's attacks on democracy, debate, and dissent.
  4. Files that may shed light on colonial crimes still kept secret by UK
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2013
    Secret government files from the final years of the British empire are still being concealed despite a pledge by William Hague, the foreign secretary, that they would be declassified and opened to the public.
  5. Finding Answers
    The Essential Guide to Gathering Information in Canada

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1993
    Outlines the essentials of how to find and use information.
  6. Harper, Serial Abuser of Power: The Evidence Compiled
    The Tyee's full, updated list of 70 Harper government assaults on democracy and the law.

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2015
    Stephen Harper and his Conservatives have racked up dozens of serious abuses of power since forming government in 2006. From scams to smears, monkey-wrenching opponents to intimidating public servants like an Orwellian gorilla, some offences are criminal, others just offend human decency. Here are 70 instances of abuse of power by the Stephen Harper government.
  7. The History Thieves
    Secrets, Lies, and the Shaping of a Modern Nation

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 2016
    Ian Cobain uncovers the role of secrecy in the British state - and the lies, omissions and misrepresentations we've been fed to maintain the facade of a fair and just Britain.
  8. The History Thieves - Review
    How Britain covered up its imperial crimes

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 2016
    A review of Ian Cobain's book The History Thieves, an engrossing study which identifies secrecy as a 'very British disease', exploring how, as the empire came to an end, government officials burned the records of imperial rule.
  9. IFJ Condemns United States "Desperate and Dangerous" Backlash over WikiLeaks
    Sources News Release

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2010
    The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) today condemned the political backlash being mounted against the whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks and accused the United States of attacking free speech after it put pressure on the website's host.
  10. Kill The Messengers
    Stephen Harper's Assault on Your Right to Know

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 2015
    Ottawa has become a place where the nation's business is done in secret, and access to information - the lifeblood of democracy in Canada - is under attack.
  11. Let the People Know
    Put Full Texts of Government Contracts Online

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2013
    Openness in our government is essential for a healthy democracy
  12. NGO gains access to Guantanamo documents but double standard still prevails
    Sources News Release

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2011
    Reporters Without Borders welcomes the release of Department of Defence documents on 2 March that shed light on the Bush administration’s policies on the Guantanamo Bay detention centre.
  13. Nova Scotia election results online at Sources.com
    Sources News Release

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2009
    The results of the Nova Scotia election, with all members elected to the Nova Scotia legislature, are now available via Parliamentary Names & Numbers. Parliamentary Names & Numbers is the directory of Canadaâ#²s federal and provincial governments.
  14. Public's Access to Government Records Faces Roadblocks Aplenty
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2015
    Legally, all governent documents in the United States are supposed to be publicly accessible. It seems, however, that there is a work-around censor. Documents that prove embarassing to the organization or its members are effectively censored through bureaucratic inefficiency.
  15. Sources Select Resources
    Reviews and information about print and online resources for journalists and researchers

    Resource Type: Website
    Published: 2009
    Reviews and information about print and online resources for journalists and researchers.
  16. The Truth Will Always Win
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2010
    In its landmark ruling in the Pentagon Papers case, the US Supreme Court said "only a free and unrestrained press can effectively expose deception in government". The swirling storm around WikiLeaks today reinforces the need to defend the right of all media to reveal the truth.
  17. A War on Wikileaks?
    Unhinged at the US State Department and Pentagon

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2010
    If the state fails to make any sense - not surprising - it is because it is has no intention of doing so. The state is appealing to something more visceral with all of this posturing: fear. It wants to strike fear into the minds and bodies of people working with Wikileaks, or anyone else doing such work, and anyone contemplating leaking any classified records. Fear is its greatest weapon of psychological destruction, with proven success at home. The outcome the state hopes for is greater self-censorship and greater self-monitoring.
  18. WikiLeaks appeals for help as attacks are stepped up
    Sources News Release

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2010
    As the whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks comes under mounting cyber-attacks and as hosting companies continue to withdraw their services, it is appealing to its supporters around the world to create mirror sites.
  19. Zimbabwe: Bill would restrict public access to official information
    Sources News Release

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2010
    Reporters Without Borders calls for the withdrawal of a bill about to be submitted to Zimbabwe's parliament which would allow the authorities to block public access to official documents including judicial decisions, new legislation & public records.

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