Sierra Leone Passes Freedom of Information Bill; Now 96

30 October 2013

The Sierra Leone Parliament Oct. 29 passed a Right to Access Information Act.

See text here.

“What is left is the presidential assent and we hope President Koroma will do that speedily,” commented FOI activist Emmanuel Saffa Abdulai.

“This is a great victory to all of us and we must certainly enjoy it,” he said. The bill, based on a draft developed by civil society, was slightly modified.

The government in recent weeks pushed the bill forward, aiming to qualify for membership in the Open Government Partnership. (See recent report.)

See article on passage in Sierra Express Media by the information ministery.

Sierra Leone will be the 96th country with a freedom of information law.

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