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Right to Information: Gains of the Present and Priorities for the Future – Webinar on the World Press Freedom Day 2021

The Sri Lanka Press Institute (SLPI) and the Pathfinder Foundation jointly hosted a webinar on Right to Information (RTI) titled “Right to Information: Gains of the Present and Priorities for the Future: to coincide with the World Press Freedom Day,  emphasizing the importance of access to information as a public good. The eminent  panel of speakers included: Yashvardhan Kumar Sinha, Chief Information Commissioner of Central Information Commission in New Delhi in India, Kishali Pinto Jayawardena Commissioner of Right to Information Commission of Sri Lanka, Ashwini Natesan, Independent researcher and advocate, Shyamlal Yadav, Senior Editor of The Indian Express, Jayantha Fernando, Director of Sri Lanka CERT and General Counsel, ICTA and M.Sridhar, former Commissioner of Central Information Commission of India.The panel was moderated by SLPI Chairman, Kumar Nadesan. The session was centred on key areas such as:  ‘Gains of the present, priorities for the future, ‘Implementing RTI: Development priorities and exposing corruption’ and ‘RTI; Privacy and data protection.

Over 70 participants joined the event and engaged with the discussion that highlighted the Right to Information act as a tool of citizen empowerment.

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