India’s Right to Information Act is one of the most powerful in the world, but the increasing attacks on users of the law suggest a need for further measures. The results of an analysis of newspaper reports indicates the need of a greater focus on how right to information laws are used and increasing awareness of reprisals against users. Donors can engage, through evidence-based dialogue and support, with the issue of reprisals without over-reaching their mandates. Civil society action can help to challenge the impunity of attackers and to build an international coalition to protect whistleblowers.
Suchi Pande. Dying for information: Right to information and whistleblower protection in India. U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre, CMI, Bergen, Norway (2015) 6 pp. [U4 Brief, March 2015: 3]