Sri Lankan Government Blocks FOI Bill, Promises Own

29 September 2010

The Sri Lankan government Sept. 23 said it is drafting a freedom of information law, according to media reports.

Sri Lanka’s main opposition United National Party was asked to withdraw a private member’s freedom of information bill.

UNP legislator Karu Jayasuriya moved to present a bill, but Chief Government Whip Minister Dinesh Gunawardena asked the UNP to withdraw the bill on the grounds that the government is in the process of drafting a similar legislation. He said it would consult with media organizations, according to a blog report.

Sri Lanka is yet to have a freedom of information act passed in the parliament although in 2004 both major parties endorsed a draft.

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