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  • 28 January 2016

    Malta Commissioner Backs Not Disclosing Test Scores

    Malta’s Information and Data Protection Commissioner has upheld a refusal by the education ministry to disclose data showing how the students of individual schools fare in their O-level exams, MaltaToday reports. “Saviour Cachia claimed that the publication of such data risked stigmatizing low-performing schools, widening the education gap between public schools, and harming the business of […]

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  • 16 July 2015

    Malta Tribunal Orders Release of Documents About Envoy

    An appeals tribunal in Malta has ordered the release of documents concerning the controversial employment of two persons as investment envoys, reported Matthew Vella in Malta Today. In so doing, the tribunal overturned a decision by the Information and Data Protection Commissioner (IDPC), that upheld Malta Enterprise’s decision not to disclose the contract of employment […]

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  • 12 February 2014

    Lithuania, Malta, Turkey Fall Behind in OGP Process

    Lithuania, Malta and Turkey have failed to meet their commitments as members of the Open Government Partnership, the OGP acknowledged in an unusual public statement issued Feb. 11. Three countries appear to be drop-outs from “Cohort 2” – a group of countries that joined the OGP at about the same time. They faced the same […]

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  • 23 August 2012

    Information Law Arrives in Malta, But Reform Needed

    By Kevin Aquilina Aquilina is the Dean of the Faculty of Laws at the University of Malta. This article was first published Aug. 22 in the Times of Malta. By means of Legal Notice 156 of 2012 published in The Malta Government Gazette of May 18, 2012, the remaining provisions of the Freedom of Information […]

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  • 9 May 2012

    Malta to Institute FOA Law in September, Minister Says

    Malta’s freedom of information law will come into full force Sept. 1, the government has announced. The law was enacted more than three years ago, but the ability to make requests has been stymied. Justice Minister Chris Said on May 8 indicated that 400 FOI officers have been undergoing training since February 2010. The news […]

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  • 2 September 2011

    17 Countries Pledge to Join Open Government Partnership

    Nine countries plus the initial core group of eight have pledged to join the Open Government Partnership (OGP), a U.S. official told  Sept. 2, bringing total membership to 17. The nine countries that have sent in “letters of intent” are Kenya, Guatemala, Honduras, Albania, Macedonia, Malta, Georgia, Moldova and Slovakia. More letters are expected, […]

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  • 6 May 2011

    Maltese Journalists Seek Implementation of FOI Act

    The Institute of Maltese Journalists has urged government action to implement the Freedom of Information Act “as soon as possible,” according to The Times of Malta, as an expert on the law calls it a “dead letter.” “Malta has a Freedom of Information Act on its statute book. But only a few provisions of this […]

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Access to Information Law


The Office of the Information and Data Protection Commissioner



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.