President of El Salvador Vetoes Access Amendments

22 February 2013

President Mauricio Funes of El Salvador Feb. 14 quickly vetoed controversial amendments to the country’s Access to Public Information Law

The president vetoed the legislation within a few hours of receiving it. Later in the evening the National Assembly accepted it and archived the proposal.

On Feb. 16 the president said that he will soon make nominations of the Access to Public Information Institute.

The nominations are overdue by more than a year, in part because of regulations that allowed the president to reject candidates proposed to him by civil society organizations, but which have now been declared unconstitutional.

Critics had called on the president to veto the amendments, saying they increased the government’s ability to classify documents and reduced the power of the Institute for Access to Information to make binding decisions. (See previous reports.)

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