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  • 14 June 2013

    Consortium in Jordan Plans to Push RTI Amendments

    A national consortium has been formed in Jordan to push for revisions to the access to information law. The Jordan Transparency Center, the organizer of the effort, reports that 27 civil society organizations and 23 activists from law and media firms are participating. The allies recently discussed amendments proposed by the government to the parliament […]

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  • 29 October 2012

    Jordan Council Approves Modifications to FOI Law

    By Yahia Shukkeir This article is reprinted with permission from the October edition of a newsletter on access to information in the Middle East published by the World Bank Institute. In early September, the Jordan Council of Ministers approved a draft law modifying the 2007 Right to Information Act. This draft law comes after a […]

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  • 10 August 2012

    Report Details Access Scene in Four Middle East Nations

    A new report provides extensive detail on the access to information situation in Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco and Tunisia, concluding that in all four “a culture of secrecy prevails over that of openness,” and advocating incremental reforms. The report, “Access to Information in the Middle East and North African Region: An overview of recent development in […]

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  • 7 April 2009

    Cairo Declaration Embodies Fundamental Consensus on the Access to Information in the Arab World

    Cairo, Egypt — In January, the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR), the National Council of Human Rights, and the Center of Media Freedom in the Middle East and North Africa organized a regional conference in Cairo for the Arab Freedom of Information Network. Representatives from six countries (Egypt, Morocco, Jordan, Palestine, Mauritania, and Yemen) […]

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  • 7 April 2009

    Jordanian Civil Society Group Organizes Freedom of Information Training

    Amman, Jordan — In February, the Al Urdun Al Jadid Research Center (UJRC), in conjunction with IREX, held a series of 2-day training workshops. In 2007 Jordan became the first Arab country to pass an access to information law, but public use of the law is still in the early stages of development. 27 journalists […]

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  • 28 May 2004

    World Bank Board Poised for Breakthrough on Disclosing Draft Documents

    The World Bank Executive Board is poised to consider three significant improvements in its disclosure policy, including the experimental release of certain key staff documents at the same time they are sent to the board. Such a "pilot project" would begin to address a long-standing set of demands from disclosure activists dating back to 1992. […]

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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.