Jamaican lawmakers debate sanctions for non-compliance with Access to Information Act

17 March 2006

During a hearing of the joint select committee of Parliament reviewing the success of the Access to Information (ATI) Act, Senator Trevor Monroe called attention to what he saw as a gap in the act: “we ought to plug the gap and apply exemplary sanctions to any authority that refuses to abide by this law giving the public the right to information.” Critics argued that violation of the Act should be dealt with through disciplinary measures (e.g. loss of job or promotion) rather than as a criminal offense. SOURCE: Henry Balford, “Munroe urges sanctions for Access to Info non-compliance,” Jamaica Observer, March 16, 2006.

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