Access Law Approved in Côte d’ Ivoire; 98th in World

30 January 2014

The National Assembly of Côte d’ Ivoire (Ivory Coast) voted unanimously Dec. 11 to pass a freedom of information law. (Text in French).

The new law will allow citizens to be better informed and to intervene knowingly in decision making, according to comments by Minister of Communication, Affoussiata Bamba-Lamine, quoted in a short news report (in French).

The bill has seven section and 27 articles that provide a legal and institutional framework governing the exercise of the right to information,” the minister said.

Passage of the law came suddenly, surprising advocates in the country, according to someone knowledgeable about the development

An information commissioner will be established under the law.

See list of countries with access laws.

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