Activists and journalists are at the heart of making open government work. Without them, the potential for accountable, inclusive, and responsive government is significantly weakened.
OGP encourages journalists and activists to use the OGP process to help further the right to information and fight corruption. Journalists have participated in OGP processes and supported the implementation of OGP commitments in Croatia, Argentina, Armenia, Nigeria, and the Philippines.
Yet, in four out of five OGP countries, journalists report harassment, often from non-state actors. In a small but notable minority of OGP countries, activists face harassment, stigmatization, detention, and violence. In 50 OGP countries, there is inadequate investigation and prosecution of threats against journalists.
Two thirds of countries with problems do not have commitments addressing them in their action plans. This accounts for 30 percent of OGP countries.
Upholding the rights of journalists and activists and ensuring their safety is fundamental to open government.