The right to freedom of information is being increasingly accepted as a necessary adjunct to participatory democracy the world over. The rationale for this right is rooted in the concept of open and transparent government. Freedom of information has been seen as capable of advancing a number of desirable objectives, such as making the government more accountable to the people and fighting against corruption.
Freedom of Information: An Asian Survey had its origins in a seminar held in Bangkok organised by AMIC on "Freedom of information in Asia", May 2000. It addresses the state of freedom of information in eight countries: India, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. Each chapter covers the political and legal realities that shape the climate for access to information in these countries.