Posts Tagged ‘rti legislation’

  • 11 April 2014

    US Senate Passes Bill on Spending Transparency

    The US Senate has passed bill intended to make government spending more transparent. The Digital Accountability and Transparency Act (S. 994), passed April 10 by unimous consent, would require the treasury secretary and the director of the Office of Management and Budget to establish government-wide financial data standards as a first step toward more robust […]

  • 11 April 2014

    Aquino Official Discloses Goal of Marrying FOI, Open Data

    The government of Philippine President Benigno Aquino is interested in amending the pending freedom of information bill to address the subject of open data. Little detail is available on the concept, which was exposed publicly April 8 by Edwin Lacierda, the government’s chief spokesman during a World Bank forum. “What we have decided is instead […]

  • 11 April 2014

    Tonga Making Plans to Pass Right to Information Bill

    The government of the South Pacific nation of Tonga on April 10 said it plans to “move forward to develop a Freedom of Information Law.” The announcement from the Ministry of Information & Communications says that in 2010 the government approved a FOI policy for Tonga. “In support of the Policy, systems and structures, such […]

  • 11 April 2014

    Vanuatu Institutes RTI; Pledges to Pass Legislation

    The government of the Republic of Vanuatu on April 8 officially launched a right to information policy and again indicated plans to pass an RTI law. The RTI policy was approved in 2013 and commits the government to release all information to the public, subject to certain exceptions protective of a number of interests such […]

  • 4 April 2014

    EU Parliament Votes to Release Clinical Trial Data

    The European Parliament voted April 2 to make public information about clinical trials for drugs. The new law is expected to go into effect in 2016 and will affect only new clinic trials. (See Reuters report.) “The vote, which confirms an informal deal reached in December between Parliament and the European Union’s 28 member states, […]

  • 21 March 2014

    Hong Kong Ombudsman Calls for FOI Legislation

    Hong Kong Ombudsman Alan Lai Nin has called on the authorities to introduce freedom of information legislation, but others said action in not likely. His report after a year of study includes 12 recommendations. A summary states: We find that under the purely administrative ATI regime in Hong Kong, key components of the FOI laws […]

  • 17 March 2014

    Draft RTI Law in Palestine Given Weak RTI Rating

    The Council of Ministers in Palestine has proposed a right to information law that scores poorly on a rating system for RTI laws. Also, the Council’s draft is weaker than one developed by the Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms (MADA), according to an analysis by the Canadian-based Centre for Law and Democracy (CLD). An […]

  • 17 March 2014

    Some Critics Decry Aquino Hands-Off Stance on FOIA

    The leading Senate sponsors of the freedom to information bill in the Senate has said public pressure will bring about passage of a bill, taking a more charitable view than others on President Benigno Aquino’s continuing decision not to “certify” the bill as urgent. Sen. Grace Poe’s confidence contrasts with the growing concern among commentators […]

  • 10 March 2014

    Philippines Senate Passes FOI Bill Without Dissent

    The Philippines Senate on March passed a freedom of information bill on third and final reading. All senators present voted in favor of the measure, according to a report by the Philippines Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ) and one in The Inquirer. “While the Senate breezed through the FOI, the House version continues to meander […]

  • 6 March 2014

    Setting the stage for a Philippines FOI law

    By Purple S. Romero and Jerryll Reyes The authors co-wrote a chapter on the “Politics of Freedom of Information Bill in the Philippines” in the book Room for Maneuver: Social Sector Policy Reform in the Philippines. The book, published by The Asia Foundation, will be launched on March 4. This article appeared originally March 1 […]

  • 4 March 2014

    Philippines Senate Nears Passage of FOI Bill

    The Philippines Senate March 3 approved on second reading a freedom of information bill, after making some amendments. The FOI bill (Senate Bill 1733) is expected to pass on third and final reading on March 10. Senate passage has occurred regularly in recent years, but passage in the House has been the hang-up. Once again, the […]

  • 21 February 2014

    House Group Starts Working on Philippines FOI Bill

    Slow progress has been made by a Philippines House Committee to write a freedom of information bill. The Technical Working Group appointed last year began substantive talks on the bill for the first time Feb. 18, several days after a self-imposed Feb. 14 deadline for completing the job. After getting through the first six sections, the […]

  • 21 February 2014

    Fiji FOI Decree Expected Soon, Attorney General Says

    Fiji’s Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says an access information decree will be issued in a few months, according to report by Shanal Sivan for FBC News. Sayed-Khaiyum noted a provision for freedom of information under the 1997 constitution. “He says they are currently compiling some important documents and decrees, before the elections, after which they […]

  • 17 February 2014

    Cost-Conscious Isle of Man Consults on Draft FOI Bill

    The Isle of Man on Feb. 10 began a six-week public consultation on proposed freedom of information legislation drafted with an eye on potential costs. Chief Minister Allan Bell said in the announcement explains that the bill strikes a balance between the competing demands of openness, confidentiality and affordability. “The Council of Ministers remains committed […]

  • 14 February 2014

    Oman Panel Discusses Draft Information Access Legislation

    Oman’s Shura Council’s Committee on Media and Culture has discussed a draft information access law , according to a brief report in The Oman Tribune. Committee Chairman Hamouda Bin Mohammed Al Harsosi “commended members of the technical team for drafting the law on the right of information access, wishing that the current session would be […]

  • 14 February 2014

    Mexican President Signs Transparency Reforms

    President Enrique Peña Nieto on Feb. 7 signed into law the new transparency reforms strengthening the Federal Institute for Access to Information (IFAI). The signing came at a ceremony. See reports (in Spanish) in CNN and El Universal. In an interview on CNN Miguel Pulido of FUNDAR welcomed the reform as “a message that we […]

  • 6 February 2014

    Malawi Cabinet Approves Access to Information Policy

    The Malawi Cabinet has approved an access to information policy, setting the stage for introduction of ATI legislation. The development was cheered by activists as removing the last major hurdle to the enactment of an ATI law. The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) Malawi chapter, one of the groups leading the campaign for a […]

  • 6 February 2014

    Philippines House Group Begins Work on FOI Bill

    A technical working group of a Philippines House committee has scheduled a meeting for Feb. 12 to discuss merging 22 freedom of information bills. The Public Information Committee meeting Feb. 5 agreed to adopt the noncontroversial provisions in the final draft, according to an Inquirer report.  The article says: Meanwhile, the group would debate on the […]

  • 6 February 2014

    RTI Law Passes in Bhutan; 100th International Law

    The National Assembly of Bhutan on Feb. 5 passed a right to information bill, putting Bhutan on the path to becoming the 100th nation in the world with an RTI law. The bill was debated for several days, according to a BBS report that also includes a video clip about the deliberations. The bill goes to […]

  • 5 February 2014

    Effort Continues to Pass RTI Legislation in Afghanistan

    Draft access to information legislation for Afghanistan has yet to make it from the Cabinet of Ministers to the Parliament, so campaigners are lobbying members of parliament. A draft law was presented to the Cabinet eight months ago, according to Habibullah Muqbel of Integrity Watch Afghanistan. “Despite our efforts it has not been sent to […]