Uruguay’s Senate Defers Making FOI Amendments

7 October 2013

The Senate in Uruguay has delayed making controversial modifications to the freedom of information law.

A budget bill approved before by the Representatives Chamber contained an article (Article 37) to make changes to the law. The Center for Archives and Access to Public Information (CAINFO) and other civil society groups opposed the amendments as regressive. (See previous FreedomInfo.org report.)

The provision was removed in the Senate by the Frente Amplio political party, according to an article in el Observador.

The proposed amendments now will be reviewed by the Education Commission.

Among other things, the debate centered on a proposal to allow information to be classified as confidential at the time of the receipt of a request for access even if it had not previously been classified. Another topic of discussion was access to information on the business plans of public enterprises.

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