JOURNALISM THROUGH RTI (RIGHT TO INFORMATION)

A project by Shyamlal Yadav (Organisation: The Indian Express)

USING RIGHT TO INFORMATION FOR INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING AND PROMPTING REFORMS
SDG Indicator 16.10.2 is about adopting and implementing constitutional, statutory and/or policy guarantees for public Access To Information (ATI). It is for common man but journalists can get more credible information for their news stories and prompt the government machinery to reform their functioning. With the implementation of the Right to Information (RTI) Act in India in 2005 I started using this transparency law to expose the corruption, mismanagement of public money and inefficiency of government officials. I have so far filed many thousand RTI applications across the government departments and many of my news stories have created huge impact on the government system and several reforms initiated in their functioning.
In India, I have pioneered a new dimension of investigative journalism and stories are so credible that there is hardly any rejoinder from the government. It is a new way of investigative journalism and it has transformed the news coverage with its credibility and accuracy. Thanks to my relentless efforts of over a decade several other media outlets have realised the importance of the RTI. Due to this SDG indicator over 125 countries have now implemented transparency laws but except a few, journalists are not using it. I have proved through my stories that, if used by a journalist, the ATI law can force governments to reform the way of their functioning. My work is now being noticed and because of this, I am being invited by journalist groups of some other countries to train them to use their transparency law.
Note: All my stories are published either in India Today (weekly) or The Indian Express (daily) and in 2017 I authored a book JOURNALISM THROUGH RTI: INFORMATION, INVESTIGATION, IMPACT which details the fight for information for my news stories and their impact.
My exercise still going on.


Here is a link: http://webcast.unesco.org/live/vod/2018/ci/20182211_ci_room-10/en/ (My presentation starts at 03.22 hours, so pl see here)

About the Organization /Team

Presently I am working with The Indian Express (daily newspaper) which is widely read newspaper in India and it is best known for investigative reporting. It is published at 10 locations in India i.e. Delhi, Jaipur, Mumbai, Nagpur, Pune, Kolkata, Vadodara, Chandigarh, Lucknow and Ahmedabad. I am working here since November 25, 2011. Prior to here, I was working with India Today, which is a multilingual weekly magazine published from New Delhi, India.
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Realated SDGs
16 Peace, Justice & Strong Institutions