El Salvador

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  • 5 March 2015

    The Power of a Question in El Salvador

    By Max Heywood This article first appeared March 2 on the Transparency International blog. Heywood is Programme Coordinator in the Americas Department of Transparency International. Read this in Spanish here. Transparency laws mean nothing if they are not applied, and it sometimes takes brave citizens and active civil society organisations to make sure that they are. […]

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  • 23 October 2014

    El Salvadoran Court Orders Open Proceedings on Judges

    The Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court of Justice in El Salvador has decided administrative proceedings against judges must be transparent. The court ruled that the Access to Information Act, through its article 110, tacitly abolishes the provision (article 70 of the Judicial Career Act of 1990) that established the confidentiality of the administrative punitive […]

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  • 31 July 2014

    El Salvadoran Court Tells Assembly to Reveal Spending

    The Constitutional Court of the Supreme Court of Justice in El Salvador has ordered the release of information about spending by legislators. The court unanimously instructed the Board of Directors from the National Assembly to release information about gifts, alcoholic beverages and works of art purchased in 2012 and the source of funds for the […]

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  • 11 October 2013

    Alliance Protests Defiance by El Salvador Legislature

    The Alianza Regional por la Libre Expresión e Información (Regional Alliance for Freedom of Expression and Information) has protested the decision of the Board of the Legislative Assembly of El Salvador to ignore an order from the Institute for Access to Public Information (IAIP) to release information about the legislators’ legal advisors. The legislature said […]

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  • 27 February 2013

    President of El Salvador Names Institute Members

    President of El Salvador Mauricio Funes on Feb.  23 appointed the five members of the Access to Public Information Institute after a delay of more than a year. The president had previous rejected as unqualified the candidates chosen last January through an unusual nomination process. Candidates were elected by open assemblies of five sectors: universities, […]

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  • 22 February 2013

    President of El Salvador Vetoes Access Amendments

    President Mauricio Funes of El Salvador Feb. 14 quickly vetoed controversial amendments to the country’s Access to Public Information Law The president vetoed the legislation within a few hours of receiving it. Later in the evening the National Assembly accepted it and archived the proposal. On Feb. 16 the president said that he will soon […]

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  • 15 February 2013

    President of El Salvador to Veto Access Law Changes

    President Mauricio Funes of El Salvador has decided to veto controversial amendments (text in Spanish) to the country’s Access to Public Information Law (ATPIL), according to an article in Diaro la Pagina. The changes (text in Spanish) were passed Feb. 8 by the National Assembly. (See previous FreedomInfo.org report.) Critics had called on the president to […]

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  • 8 February 2013

    El Salvador Legislature Amends Access Law

    The Legislative Assembly in El Salvador on Feb. 8 passed amendments to the 2010 access law that critics say will weaken it, according to sources and a media account (in Spanish) in La Prensa. The proposed changes (in Spanish) were submitted Feb. 7 by representatives of the ruling party, FMLN (Frente Farabundo Martí para la […]

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  • 8 February 2013

    Acceso a la información en El Salvador: el secreto contrataca

    By Natalia Torres Torres is Investigadora Principal del CELE   Para quienes promovemos el derecho a saber las leyes que lo regulan son muy importantes. Haber conseguido su aprobación, haber logrado que sus artículos respeten principios y estándares internacionales son batallas que nos enorgullecen. Y hacemos bien: la aprobación de una ley nacional de acceso a la información […]

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  • 11 December 2012

    El Salvador Court Rules Against President on Access

    By Tania Lara This report is reprinted from the blog of the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas. (Spanish and Portuguese) El Salvador’s Supreme Court declared some of President Mauricio Funes’ September 2011 recommendations for the Access to Public Information Law unconstitutional, according to El Faro. The judges ruled that the Salvadoran president overstepped […]

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  • 11 March 2011

    El Salvador Joins the List of FOI Countries

    By Natalia Torres Senior Researcher, CELE The Legislative Assembly of El Salvador March 3 gave definitive approval to the Law on Access to Public Information. The law, which was first passed in December of last year, received a series of observations from the president of the country. Congress had to either reject or incorporate them […]

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  • 7 January 2011

    President of El Salvador Returns Access Bill

    The president of El Salvador has returned to the Legislative Assembly an access to information bill passed in early December (See previous Freedominfo.org report). President Mauricio Funes made seven points about the bill in his Jan. 5 return message seeking changes in the bill (His message in Spanish). Among other things, he suggested clarification concerning […]

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  • 3 December 2010

    El Salvador Assembly Adopts Access Legislation

    The Legislative Assembly of El Salvador passed a bill Dec. 2 on access to public information, overcoming efforts to send it back to committee. The measure garnered 55 votes and was supported by the Alianza Republicana Nacionalista and Frente Farabundo Martí para la Liberación Nacional (Fmln). The proposed law would establish a five-person Institute for […]

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  • 7 October 2009

    Saber Mas: New Report on Access to Information in Latin America

    Open government advocates offer first-hand accounts of FOI promotion in Latin America Latin America’s leading open government advocates recently released a report, bringing together data from 17 countries and offering new findings on the status of freedom of information in the region. The Regional Alliance for Freedom of Expression and Information (Alianza Regional para la […]

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  • 19 June 2009

    Closely Guarded EIB Framework Agreements Appear Largely Technical

    The European Investment Bank is proposing to disclose Framework Agreements only with the permission of the country partner, but the agreements appear to be largely technical and legal documents, judging from a very old one supplied by the Bank and a more recent one obtained by Freedominfo.org. The Bank’s reluctance to disclose the Framework Agreements […]

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  • 6 October 2005

    IMF Modifies Disclosure Policy to Address Deletions, Delay

    The International Monetary Fund has taken steps that may reduce the number of deletions made in the publicly disclosed versions of its key reports about member countries, including the significant Article IV reports. The moves come after an internal report found that more than one-third of the published reports “incorporate substantive changes” as a result […]

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Constitution (English)


Constitution (Spanish)


Law on Access to Public Information (Spanish)


Law on Access to Information (English)




The Story of El Salvador’s Access Law




Fusades (Salvadoran Foundation for Economic and Social Development)



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.