Newspapers Canada

Newspapers Canada

September 23, 2011 09:00 ET

Media Advisory: 6th Annual Freedom of Information Audit to Be Released by Newspapers Canada

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 23, 2011) - Newspapers Canada will release its 6th annual National Freedom of Information Audit and related material on September 27, 2011. The report launch coincides with Right to Know Week in Canada, September 26-30, 2011.

The annual Freedom of Information (FOI) Audit provides a unique opportunity to compare the performance of institutions across Canada. A team of auditors in each province requested the same information across all three levels of government, and have tabulated the scores of the various departments. The audit provides an accountability report card, revealing which government departments are lagging when it comes to being genuinely open and accountable to Canadians.

The 2011 audit includes a special supplementary report on Ontario's FOI regime.

Again this year, the FOI audit was done in collaboration with Fred Vallance-Jones, assistant professor of journalism at the University of King's College, and his team.

On Tuesday, September 27, the study will be posted on the Newspapers Canada website. To view the 2011 audit, as well as past audits, visit www.newspaperscanada.ca/public-affairs/freedom-information.

Conference Call
John Hinds and Fred Vallance-Jones will talk about the audit and answer questions
DATE: September 27, 2011
TIME: 11 a.m. (EDT)
To call in, phone 1-866-512-0904
Participant code: 431-9481

About Newspapers Canada

Newspapers Canada is a joint initiative of the Canadian Newspaper Association and the Canadian Community Newspapers Association. Combined, the two associations represent over 830 daily, weekly, and community newspapers in every province and territory in Canada. For more information visit www.newspaperscanada.ca.

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