Rakitha Abhayaratne on 26 April, 2022

Right to Information: Issues and Challenges of Policy and Implementation

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Dec 2021, CPA released its publication titled Right to Information: Issues and Challenges of Policy and
Implementation which is an analysis of the recent use of the RTI Act by journalists. The publication
includes hitherto unpublished case studies of RTI being used as an effective tool to raise concerns on a
range of policy positions, and their implementation and highlights the paradox between policies in
theory and experiences in practice. Journalists have presented their personal opinions and views based
on their analysis of various social issues, some relating to a particular area or community.
The report also contains an summarized analysis of the public calls to CPA’s RTI 113-030-463 hotline
during 2021.
A long-standing struggle and sustained advocacy of various human rights actors has led to the landmark
decision to introduce the Right to Information (RTI) as an integral part of the Fundamental Rights
chapter of the Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution. This publication, supported by FNF, follows
from more than a decade of advocacy by CPA to promote the Right to Information in Sri Lanka and then
to support the effective use of this right by journalists and activists, in the public interest.
For more information on CPAs RTI Hotline pls click https://www.cpalanka.org/rti-help-desk-at-cpa-
information-and-posters/
CPAs other publications on RTI include
 Information about the Right to Information (Sinhala and Tamil language)
 The Right to Information and Media Practice https://www.cpalanka.org/cpa-outreach-
unit-publication-and-research-study-on-rti/ (E/S/T)
 Responsiveness of Public Authorities to Right to Information Applications submitted via
Email https://www.cpalanka.org/cpa-outreach-unit-publication-and-research-study-on-rti/
(E/S/T)

The titled Right to Information: Issues and Challenges of Policy and Implementation can be downloaded in English here.

Can be downloaded in Sinhala here.

Can be downloaded in Tamil here.