Journalistic Investigations 2016
Till the end of March 2016, nine journalists from national and regional media, who have been awarded at the Second Investigative Journalism Competition held by AIP prepared and published 24 articles and series of articles, in national and regional media, blogs, and social media. The publications were based on information obtained using the Access to Public Information Act (APIA) and public registers with the core help of the AIP legal team. The journalistic investigations were supported within the project Civil Center for Support of Transparency in Public Life supported by a grant from the America for Bulgaria Foundation.2016 Active Transparency Rating in Bulgaria
On April 26, 2016, at a press conference in Sofia, the Access to Information Programme presented the results of its 2016 Audit on Institutional web sites in Bulgaria. The 2016 Active Transparency Ratings and the 2016 Budget, Financial Transparency and Integrity of Municipalities Map were launched. In the lack of a public body to coordinate and control the implementation of the APIA, including the obligations for proactive publication of information, the AIP Audit serves as a model publication scheme for public bodies to increase their active transparency.AIP Held the Annual Meeting with Its Coordinators
On March 18, 2016 in Sofia, Access to Information Programme (AIP) held the annual meeting with the journalists of its country-wide coordinators' network.37 Access to Information Cases of Bulgarian NGOs
The Access to Information Programme presents a collection of 37 cases of nongovernmental organizations which have used the procedures under the Access to Public Information Act (APIA) to seek and obtain information from public bodies and to defend their right to information in the court when being refused. The stories encompass the period 2005 – 2015 and are collected in the book “Public Participation and Access to Information (15 Years of the APIA, 37 Stories of NGOs)" which AIP has published in Bulgarian.AIP presents the movie “I have the right to know”
The 18-minutes educational movie illustrates the stages in searching and obtaining information from public bodies under the procedures of the Bulgarian Access to Public Information Act. It features cases of nongovernmental organizations and journalists who have used the procedures of the APIA, have filed requests to public bodies and have appealed access to information refusals in court.