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  • 5 January 2017

    Guyana: Transparency, Accountability and Access to Information

    The following article, by Transparency International Guyana, was published Dec. 30, 2016, in The Stabroek News. Another News article describes TIG’s views and reports on the budget of the Guyana information commissioner. The News says the commissioner, retired judge Charles Ramson, receives $37 million a year, has no staff or office, and has yet to prepare an annual […]

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  • 26 February 2015

    Jamaican Activist Urges Donor Push on Transparency

    Foreign aid should be more directly tied to governments’ efforts to improve their transparency and donors should place more emphasis on greater grassroots involvement, according to Aylair Livingstone, a Jamaican transparency activist who presented an overview of access in the Caribbean at a World Bank webinar. Livingston summarized the freedom of information situation in the […]

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News Archive

  • 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 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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  • 5 August 2013

    First Guyana Information Commissioner Sworn In

    Former Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs Justice Charles Ramson was sworn in July 15 as Commissioner of Information by President Donald Ramotar. The Commissioner of Information post was created by the Access to Information Act of 2011, passed in September 2011. The appointment of the commissioner is another step toward implementation of the law, […]

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  • 10 June 2013

    Guyana President Appoints Information Commissioner

    The president of Guyana has appointed a former attorney general, Charles Ramson Sr., as the first  Commissioner of Information under the 2011 Access to Information Act. The mid-May appointment by President Donald Ramotar would appear to be  step toward putting the law into effect, although it remains unclear if that is the case. Under the […]

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  • 25 March 2013

    Caribbean FOI Network Formed at Jamaica Meeting

    A Caribbean network on freedom of information was created at a conference held recently in Kingston, Jamaica. Governments, civil society, and media announced plans to launch the Caribbean network  “to support processes to improve standards for access to information in the region,” according to a statement. Representatives from 11 Caribbean countries attended a two-day “Regional Conference on Freedom of […]

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  • 21 March 2013

    Guyana Minister Says ATI Law May Be Effective in 2013

    A key minister in Guyana has said the access to information law passed September of 2011 may be implemented by the end of 2013, according to a March 20 article by Denis Scott Chabrol in Demarara Waves quoting Presidential Advisor on Governance, Gail Teixeira. The law does not go into effect until an information commissioner […]

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  • 8 February 2013

    Guyana FOI Law Not In Effect; US Urges Action

    The 16–month-old Guyana freedom of information law is not yet operational and the lag-time is getting more attention. The government has yet to declare the law in effect and appoint an information commissioner, the steps that trigger the law’s implementation, according to persons familiar with the process. The law was passed Sept. 15, 2011 and […]

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  • 27 April 2012

    New Guyana FOI Law Still Not in Effect After 7 Months

    The Guyana access to information law, signed into law seven months ago, is still not in effect. The text of law, although not apparently available on official government websites, has been provided to The Guyana National Assembly passed the access to information bill Sept. 15, despite criticisms by local transparency activists. (See previous report.) President […]

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  • 19 September 2011

    Guyana Assembly Passes Access to Information Bill

    The Guyana National Assembly Sept. 15 passed an access to information bill drafted in meetings boycotted by the opposition and being criticized by transparency activists. President Bharrat Jagdeo is expected to sign the bill in the coming months, according to an Associated Press report. Prime Minister Samuel Hinds told the Assembly that 20 of the […]

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  • 20 June 2011

    Guyana Government Tables Long-Promised FOI Bill

    The Guyana government has proposed a long-promised freedom of information bill in the National Assembly. The bill was referred a special select committee, according to media accounts such as one in Demerara Waves. Demerara Waves reported: Friday’s introduction was the first time the opposition parties were seeing the bill and AFC’s Sheila Holder said they […]

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  • 7 March 2011

    Critics Ask Guyana Officials to Fulfill FOI Promise

    Unfulfilled government promises to offer an access to information bill is frustrating supporters of more transparency in Guyana, according to articles in Kaieteur News. The Alliance for Change was organizing picketing on March 3 because of the delay, according to one report. Government officials, including Head of State Bharrat Jagdeo, have said that the bill […]

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  • 24 November 2010

    Work on Guyana FOI Bill Delayed; Talks Continue

    Expectations that a freedom of information bill would be introduced this year in Guyana may go unfulfilled while discussions continue on the substance of the measure. In early November, a top government spokesman said FOI legislation could be offered in the Guyana parliament this year. (See previous report.) The Leader of the Alliance for […]

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  • 5 November 2010

    Guyana Government Says FOI Bill to Be Offered Soon

    Freedom of information legislation could be offered in the Guyana parliament this year, according to chief government spokesman, Cabinet Secretary Dr. Roger Luncheon, as quoted in The Stabroek News. Briefing the media Nov. 3 at his weekly post-Cabinet news conference he said it would be tabled long before the current parliamentary session ends in August. […]

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  • 9 January 2010

    IMF Barely Modifies Disclosure Policy

    After an opaque review process, the International Monetary Fund January 8 announced modest changes to its disclosure policy, but retained the major impediment to disclosure, allowing governments to prevent release of documents pertaining to their countries. This power prevents the release of more than 10 percent of some of the most important documents about countries. […]

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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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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.