Paraguay’s Ombudsman Proposes Access Legislation

16 September 2013

The House of Representatives in Paraguay is considering a draft law on access to public information.

The legislation was proposed by the ombudsman, Manuel Páez Monges, and is sponsored by Rep. Víctor González Segovia.

The proposal is being studied in committee on Legislation, Constitutional Affairs and the Press and Propaganda, according to an ABC news report on a hearing that also mentioned that one legislator withdrew his sponsorship of the bill after strong media objections..

The legislation would empower agencies to establish what information would be considered classified. A five-person Council on Access to Information would be created.

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