Campaña Global por la Libertad de Expresión A19

For A Project To Assess The Performance Of State And Federal Information Commissions In Mexico

Overview
The Campaña Global por la Libertad de Expresión A19 (Article 19) works to protect journalists, advocates for freedom of the press, and encourages access to public information. This grant would fund a project with Article 19’s Mexico office to demand accountability regarding the performance of the right to information commissions, which serve as ombudsmen for citizens requesting information from public agencies. This is expected to strengthen the independence and effectiveness of these commissions.
About the Grantee
Grantee Website
www.articulo19.org 
Address
Av. José Vasconcelos 131
San Miguel Chapultepec
Mexico City, 11850 Mexico
Grants to this Grantee
for support of the Right to Information Program  
A19’s mission is to promote freedom of expression and of information globally. This grant will support the Right to Information Program at Article 19’s Mexico office to promote the right to information (RTI) and access to information (ATI) in three states (Oaxaca, Chiapas, and Yucatan) and with three groups (indigenous women and rural communities; collectives; civil servants of RTI and ATI at the local and state level). A19 will raise awareness and provide training sessions on RTI with communities, local journalists, and media; provide legal assistance and follow up on freedom of information requests; develop advocacy strategies; establish dialogues with decision makers; and monitor guarantor bodies, among other activities. (Substrategy: Service Delivery Monitoring)
for support of the Right to Information Program  
This grant will support the Right to Information Program at Article 19’s Mexico office to (a) continue the work with women in indigenous communities in the state of Chiapas to exercise their right of access to information as a tool to demand social accountability, expand to the state Yucatan, and pilot in an urban context in the state of Nuevo Leon; (b) publish the fourth edition of the report on the right to information at the state level; (c) increase the openness of appointment processes to key positions for the protection of human rights; and (d) pursue strategic litigation to improve implementation of access to information laws.
for the development of Mexico's Open Government Partnership action plan  
This grant will support a core group of civil society organizations (CSOs) — previously chairs of the Tripartite Technical Secretariat of the Open Government Partnership (OGP) in Mexico — to accomplish these important tasks: develop a shadow report to monitor implementation of the third national action plan; support local open government processes by developing standards and providing capacity-building workshops; participate in OGP discussion forums nationally, regionally, and internationally; and coordinate experts and CSOs to develop public policy ideas to regulate governmental surveillance in Mexico.

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