Jamaicans Using Access to Information Act

7 February 2004

The Jamaica Observer reports that Jamaica’s landmark Access to Information Act has been getting plenty of use since it went into effect January 5. “Commendably, media houses are among the earliest applicants for official documents,” said information minister, Burchell Whiteman, noting that 56 applications were received in the first 24 days of the act. Whiteman, however, said nearly 20 per cent of the applications requested information of ministries and agencies that have yet to be incorporated into the act. They are not yet legally obligated to meet information requests, he said. Requests made to ministries covered under the act, however, are being processed, Whiteman said.

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