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  • 9 December 2014

    Afghan President Signs Access to Information Law

    Afghanistan’s president Ashraf Ghani has signed an access to information law for Afghanistan, according to activists, who have campaigned for the law for about five years (English translation). Integrity Watch said Dec. 1 that the action is “a positive step for promoting transparency and accountability,” but also said the law “needs further improvement.” The group […]

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  • 3 July 2014

    Lower Afghan House OKs Access to Information Bill

    The lower house of the Afghanistan parliament (the Wolesi Jirga) on June 30 approved an access to information bill. Advocates say the body took into account some important recommendations from Afghan civil society organizations that have waged a three-year campaign for a law, but that the legislation still needs improvement. Executive Director of Integrity Watch, […]

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  • 5 February 2014

    Effort Continues to Pass RTI Legislation in Afghanistan

    Draft access to information legislation for Afghanistan has yet to make it from the Cabinet of Ministers to the Parliament, so campaigners are lobbying members of parliament. A draft law was presented to the Cabinet eight months ago, according to Habibullah Muqbel of Integrity Watch Afghanistan. “Despite our efforts it has not been sent to […]

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  • 11 April 2013

    Afghanistan Considering Draft Law on Access to Information

    A draft access to information law has been prepared in Afghanistan and comments received, but it remains unclear whether government’s proposal will be adopted.    The government came under pressure in September from civil society and media groups to prepare an access law. Civil society also demanded a fixed timeframe to pass the law and […]

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  • 6 August 2010

    Afghan Media, Civil Society Urge Introduction of FOI Bill

    Media and civil society organizations in Afghanistan are pushing for passage of a freedom of information law. The groups issued a statement July 18 arguing for such a bill and proposing what should be in it.  They asked for legislation that would: Ensure the right to information that is either held by or under the […]

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  • 20 October 2009

    New Report on Aid Transparency: Not Available! Not Accessible!

    Madrid, Spain — Transparency NGO Access Info Europe released a report on October 20 entitled “Not Available! Not Accessible!” to coincide with the opening of the International Aid Transparency Initiative’s conference of donors and recipient governments in the Hague. The report shows how donor governments are failing to make available the information needed to prevent corruption in […]

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  • 26 May 2009

    Secret Summaries of World Bank Meetings Illuminate Proceedings

      The “minutes” of the World Bank’s executive board meetings, released publicly, are brief notations of the official action, usually one paragraph.  They reveal almost nothing about what transpired during the closed deliberations. The “summaries,” by contrast, describe the key points of discussion.  They condense, without names, the comments made by the executive directors. The […]

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  • 15 July 2002

    World’s Right to Know

    By Thomas Blanton Published in Foreign Policy, July/August 2002 During the last decade, 26 countries have enacted new legislation giving their citizens access to government information. Why? Because the concept of freedom of information is evolving from a moral indictment of secrecy to a tool for market regulation, more efficient government, and economic and technological […]

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LEGAL DOCUMENTS  Access to Information Law (2014)



Measuring Openness

Global Right to Information Rating
A country-by-country rating of laws by the Centre for Democracy and Law and Access Info.

Freedom House
The Freedom in the World report.

World Bank
Worldwide Governance Indicators

Transparency International, Corruption Perceptions Index
Measures perceptions of the degree of corruption.

Reporters Without Borders
The Press Freedom Index.