Access to Information Day

Access to quality, impactful and credibility information is directly linked to the enjoyment of basic rights and freedoms and influences the achievement of all the Sustainable Development Goals.

On this celebration of International Day for Universal Access to Information Read the UNESCO Director General, Ms. Audrey Azoulay, statement for International Day for Access to Information here.

To mark the day, UNESCO has launched a handbook on Journalism, Fake News and Disinformation.

Written by experts in the fight against disinformation, this handbook explores the very nature of journalism with modules on why trust matters; thinking critically about how digital technology and social platforms are conduits of information disorder; fighting back against disinformation and misinformation through media and information literacy; fact-checking 101; social media verification and combatting online abuse. This model curriculum is an essential addition to teaching syllabi for all journalism educators, as well as practising journalists and editors who are interested in information, how we share it and how we use it. It is mission critical that those who practice journalism understand and report on the new threats to trusted information.

Journalism “Fake News” and Disinformation: A Handbook for Journalism Education and Training will be valuable for journalism educators, trainers, students, practicing journalists and others interested in the quality of information. Political parties, health professionals, business people, scientists, election monitors and others will also find it useful.

The handbook can be easily accessed online at:

On 17 November 2015, UNESCO adopted a resolution (38 C/70) declaring 28 September of every year as International Day for Universal Access to Information (IDUAI). IDUAI has particular relevance with the new 2030 Development Agenda, and in particular with Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) target 16.10  which calls for ensuring public access to information and protection of fundamental freedoms.