Freedom of Information Center of Armenia.

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The main mission of FOICA is to defend the people's constitutional right to have access to information. "Freedom of Information Center of Armenia" non-governmental organization (FOICA) was founded on July 1st, 2001. The mission of FOICA is to contribute to the transparency and openness of the government system and to stimulate civil society's involvement in the governance system.

Success Stories

Success stories of the Freedom of Information Center's 17 year's history.

Court Cases

Here we present complete picture of judicial practice in the field of freedom of information: all court cases on FOI, with related documents: Information requests, court decisions, etc.

Black List

Black list of those officials and institutions which infringed people’s right to access to information, quarterly composed by the FOI Center. The List is also published in the bulletin and Armenian print media.

Informed Armenia project

This project seeks to ensure that journalists and civil society organisations produce and share easy-to-understand information.

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15.08.2020

JOINT STATEMENT of media organizations on the situation in Belarus

On behalf of media organizations and journalistic associations of Armenia, Georgia, Latvia, Moldova, Poland, Russia, Ukraine and Sweden we express our support and solidarity with our colleagues from Belarus. Journalists of Belarusian and foreign media as well as bloggers covering the protests in the country, are subjected to severe violence and pressure from the authorities.

17.06.2020

STATEMENT

Yesterday, on June 16, 2020 when “Prosperous Armenia” party leader Gagik Tsarukyan following his interrogation at the RA National Security Service went out to his supporters gathered in the area, as a result of a scuffle as well as police actions, at least 5 journalists covering the process suffered. In particular, “News.am” correspondent Liana Sargsyan, “Tert.am” reporter Ani Gevorgyan, “Yerkir.am” correspondent Tatevik Kostandyan, “Kentron” TV journalist Artur Hakobyan and “MegaNews.am” editor Margarita Davtyan was injured.

15.05.2020

ACCESS TO INFORMATION DURING COVID 19

The general situation in terms of access to public information in Armenia during the pandemic times was a bit chaotic and unorganized, especially in the beginning phase. Armenian Government instituted a state of emergency on March 16. Apparently, the restrictions on freedom of expression and information were ineffective, non-proportional, and unreasonable and contradict public interest under the conditions of the pandemic.

16.04.2020

OPINION ON FOI DRAFT BY FOICA

The draft on making additions to the Freedom of Information Law restricts the right of the public on access to information and to participate in the decision-making process of environment. On April 3, the RA Human Rights Defender published a negative opinion on this Project. Another comprehensive opinion of the Human Rights Defender was released on April 15, 2020 and submitted to the RA Parliament. Reporters Without Borders international organization announced on April 2 that the initiative violates the principle of transparency of the RA Government.

10.04.2020

Armenia seeks to weaken environmental information law

Watchdogs fear the change would allow the government to limit the release of mining-related information.