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  • 17 December 2014

    South Sudan Approved Right to Information Law in 2013

    South Sudan has a right to information law (text). The little known development occurred a year ago. President Salva Kiir signed the bill on Dec. 9, 2013, and the signing remained unknown for several months, according to African RTI experts, giving rise to speculation that the signature was backdated. The Right of Access to Information […]

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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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  • 24 August 2014

    Paraguayan Senate Passes House-Amended ATI Bill

    The Paraguayan Senate Aug. 21 approved the Access to Information Act, accepting amendments proposed by the House. A presidential signature is expected in the coming days, at which point Paraguay will be the 100th nation with a freedom of information law. The House passed a bill May 28, amending a Senate-passed bill. The House altered […]

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  • 30 January 2014

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

    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 […]

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  • 17 January 2014

    Maldives President Signs RTI Bill into Law; 99th in World

    Maldives President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom on Jan. 11 signed into the Right to Information Act Transparency Maldives hailed the ratification of the act as “major step forward for good governance and transparency.” The parliament approved the bill (in Dhivehi) in December. (See previous FreedomInfo.org report.) The Maldives is the 99th country in the world […]

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  • 27 November 2013

    Spanish Senate Approves Transparency Legislation

    The Spanish Senate has approved a Law on Transparency, Access to Information and Good Governance, and passage by Congress is expected Nov. 28. Few changes have been made to the Cabinet’s bill during the legislative, which critics say needed considerable improvement. “The ruling Partido Popular has ignored civil society during the entire process of adopting […]

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  • 30 October 2013

    Sierra Leone Passes Freedom of Information Bill; Now 96

    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. […]

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  • 19 September 2013

    Guyana Law Made Effective July 10; 95th in World

    Guyana’s Access to Information Act No. 21 of 2011 entered into force on July 10, 2013, a Guyana official has informed FreedomInfo.org. Guyana is the 95th country with a freedom of information regime. The effective date was provided by an official in the Guyana embassy in Washington, clearing up a bit of ambiguity about whether […]

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  • 13 March 2013

    Rwanda Publishes New Law on Right to Information

    Rwanda has a right to information law, the 11th in Africa and the 94th in the world. The new law was formally gazetted on March 11 (See Official Gazette No 10, the March 11 issue, page 66). It was passed by parliament in November 2012. The law came into force on the date of publication and several […]

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  • 19 October 2012

    93 Countries Have FOI Regimes, Most Tallies Agree

    The number of countries with freedom of information laws or similar administrative regulations stands at 93, according to most experts. The near unanimity on who makes a consensus list, and how many, represents something of a change since last year when estimates ranged from to 86 to 97 countries. (See previous FreedomInfo.org report.) Informal consultation among three […]

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