Ukraine Analytica 30, 2023


During 2011-2021, Ukraine developed comprehensive legislation on access to official information, and implemented it according to the best international democratic standards. However, during the war, access to official information has been partly limited due to reasons of national security, despite the fact that this democratic instrument is an effective tool to counteract disinformation. It is important now for the government and policymakers to find a well-balanced approach between enhancing national security and ensuring free flow of access to official information, to make sure that accurate and trustworthy official information is not replaced with fake. This article is aimed at defining the role that access to official information can play in counteracting disinformation, and what steps all the stakeholders can take towards a better-informed society.

Tetyana Oleksiyuk, Vice-President of the Council of Europe Access Info Group under the Council of Europe Convention on Access to Official Documents (Tromsø Convention), researcher at the Centre for Advanced Internet Studies, Bochum, Germany. Tetyana has 15+ years of experience in the access to information and open data sphere in Ukraine, advising the main stakeholders of the sphere (Ombudspersons, Council of Europe, UNDP, representatives of official authorities and NGOs), conducting assessments of access to information and open data legislation implementation and researching right to information international standards. She also continues her work as a practising attorney at the national level and before ECHR, actively participating in FOIAnet – the international network of freedom to information defenders.

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