Armenia: Amendments Undermine FOI Law

20 February 2004

The Freedom of Information Civic Initiative issued a public statement suggesting that the proposed amendments to the Armenian Law on Freedom of Information will undermine the right of access to information if adopted by the Armenian parliament. The amendments, to the FOI law adopted in September 2003, limit the information which should be made available under the law and provide greater scope for exemptions and classification of information through other laws which could override the FOI law.

“The proposed changes pose a serious threat to government transparency and anti-corruption initiatives in Armenia,” commented Shushan Doydoyan on behalf of the Freedom of Information Civic Initiative, which is calling for the Government to withdraw the amendments.

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