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Dying for information: Right to information and whistleblower protection in India

Date: March 2015
Author(s): Suchi Pande
Publication type: Brief
Published by: U4

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.