250 symposium

The right to know – transparency and openness in public life. Attend the symposium 14 October.

To mark the 250th anniversary of the 1766 Freedom of Information Act, the University of Helsinki hosts a symposium to discuss the meaning and realization of citizens’ information rights, transparency and openness in contemporary public life.

The keynote speaker of the symposium is Professor Michael Schudson (Columbia University), whose most recent book, The Rise of the Right to Know discusses the emergence of norms and practices associated with openness and transparency in American politics and culture after 1945. Other speakers at the symposium discuss both historical and current interpretations of freedom of thought, publicity and transparency from global, European and Finnish perspectives.

Attendance is open to all.

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Press freedom 250 years