Groups Update Comparative Ratings for Access Laws

1 October 2012

The Access Info Europe and the Centre for Law and Democracy on Oct. 1 issued updated ratings for the legal frameworks governing access to information in 92 countries.

Serbia retained its top ranking, with 135 points out of a possible total of 150, while Austria was in bottom place, with 39 points. AIE and CLD first launched the RTI Rating website a year ago. (See previous FreedomInfo.org report.)

The top ten countries are:

Serbia

135

India

130

Slovenia

130

Liberia

126

El Salvador

124

Mexico

119

Antigua

117

Ukraine

115

Croatia

114

Ethiopa

114

The lowest 10 countries  are:

Austria

39

Greece

46

Tajikistan

51

Germany

52

Jordan

56

Russia

58

Italy

58

Taiwan

60

Belgium

60

Uzbekistan

61

Campaigners in countries around the world – including Austria, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Montenegro, the Netherlands, Pakistan, Poland and the Philippines – have used the RTI Rating in their advocacy campaigns, the groups said, while noting criticisms that it rates the laws, not implementation.

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