JAMAICA: Access to Information Access Law Will Have Major Impact

13 September 2003

The Jamaican Observer reports on the Access to Information Act which goes into effect on October 1. According to members of The Carter Centre, “the rules of the game” in government have changed by giving Jamaicans access to official documents that previously were inaccessible. “This is a law that can change lives, and it can do so in a very dramatic way,” said Richard Calland, a consultant for The Carter Centre, the Atlanta-based watchdog for good governance. Jamaica will be the third country in the English-speaking Caribbean to adopt sweeping legislation guaranteeing access to information, after Trinidad and Tobago and Belize.

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