World Press Freedom Day 2016
Executive Director, Access Info Europe (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland)
Helen Darbishire is a human rights activist specializing in the public’s right of access to information, and the development of open and democratic societies with participatory and accountable governments. Ms Darbishire is founder and Executive Director of the Madrid-based NGO Access Info Europe, established in 2006 to promote the right of access to information in Europe and globally. Ms Darbishire has worked for over 20 years as a human rights professional, focusing on issues of freedom of expression and information, media freedom, civil society development, and democratization.
Prior to setting up Access Info Europe, Helen worked as a campaigner and project manager at Article 19 (1989 to 1998) based in London and Paris, and for the Open Society Institute (1999-2005) where she directed programmes on freedom of expression and freedom of information, based in Budapest and New York. She has provided expertise to a wide range of non-governmental and inter-governmental organizations, including UNESCO, the Council of Europe, the OSCE, and the World Bank. She is a founder of the global Freedom of Information Advocates Network and served two terms as its chair (2004-2010).