Liberian House Passes FOI Law

22 July 2010

The Liberian House of  Representatives on July 22 passed a Freedom of Information bill, forwarding it to the Senate for consideration.

The House unanimously approved the bill, which has been under consideration for over two years.

Lobbying for the bill were the Liberia Freedom of Expression Coalition, the Liberia Media Law and Policy Reform Working Group and the Liberia Civil Society Consortium on Freedom of Information.

According to Malcolm Joseph, the chairman of the Liberia Freedom of Expression Coalition, the passage of the FOI law is a step aimed at making  information accessible by all Liberians.

Joseph told FreedomInfo that he is “very optimistic” that the Senate will pass the bill soon.

He expressed thanks for support from the Open Society Initiative for West  Africa (OSIWA), the Carter Center , UNESCO,  the International Freedom of Expression eXchange (IFEX),  the International Media Support and the Partnership for Media and Conflict Prevention in West Africa.

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