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 that The Open Society Justice Initiative recently released.
The new Tshwane Principles on National Security and the Right to Information are the result of over two years of consultation with individuals and groups from around the world, including governments, former security officials, civil society groups, as well as academics. The Center for Studies on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information (CELE) was also involved in this process.
These new 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.
For more detail, please see the Principles, which are available online at