YPC Weekly Newsletter

2005


KEYS AND LOCKS OF THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION CENTER

On December 9 the Freedom of Information Center announced the results of an
annual competition, held by this public organization and designed to celebrate
the International Corruption Fight Day.

The most open institution of 2005 was acknowledged to be the Commission to
Protect Economic Competition.

The NGO which has contributed to exercising of the right of access to information
was named to be “Achilles for the Defense of Drivers Rights”.

The journalist most actively covering FOI issues and using the RA Law “On Freedom
of Information” was recognized to be Ruzan Minasian (observer of “Aravot” daily).

The most active citizen in exercising her right of access to information was
named to be Armenuhi Gevorgian.

The people and organizations above received the prizes of Gold Key – the symbol
of openness.

The most peculiar official response in 2005 was received from Gyumri municipality:
“The decisions of the Council of Elder of Gyumri and the budget for 2005 may
be seen at our web site which is so far under construction.” This caused the
FOI Center to file a suit versus the Gyumri administration, and the Center received
all the information requested the next day by e-mail.

The closest institution was recognized to be the Yerevan municipality.

Both municipalities were awarded the Lock prizes – the symbol of secrecy.