Liberian Group Gets Few Responses to Requests

28 June 2013

The Center for Media Studies and Peacebuilding (CEMESP) on June 26 unveiled research showing a low government response rate to information requests.

CEMESP Executive Director Malcolm Joseph that more than 90 FOI requests resulted in only 10 answers.

Joseph said the custodians of information are “violating the law with impunity.” He urged all stakeholders to ensure implementation of the 2010 law. CEMESP has designed a request tracking template to ease the disclosure of information.

The report, “Freedom of Information Demand and Supply Compliance in Liberia,” was discussed at a launch event in Monrovia.

CEMESP also has been pressing for the disclosure of information about government officials’ finances.

On June 13, the Liberian FOI Commissioner Mark Bedor Wla Freeman held a hearing on a CEMESP complaint about the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission’s refusal to disclose the asset declaration forms of ministers and deputies. (See previous Freedominfo.org report.)

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