Posts Tagged ‘rti legislation’

  • 29 July 2014

    President Aquino Again Makes No Mention of FOI Bill

    Philippines President Benigno Aquino did not mention the freedom of information bill in his annual State of the National address July 28, but the House Speaker affirmed his desire to pass a bill. The Right to Know, Right Now! Coalition had tried to raise the bill’s profile in advance of the speech, gathering 38,000 signatures […]

  • 29 July 2014

    UN Committee Urges Malawi to Pass Information Access Bill

    The United Nations Human Rights Committee has recommended that Malawi adopt an access to information bill. It is one of many observations made in a document adopted at a meeting held July 22-23. The committee report says: The State should expedite the adoption of the Access to Information Bill and to ensure that its provisions […]

  • 23 July 2014

    Will Aquino Deliver on Vow to Pass FOI?

    By Nepomuceno Malaluan  This article was first published in the Philippine Daily Inquirer on July 22 and it reprinted with  permission  Malaluan is co-convenor of the Right to Know, Right Now! Coalition, a network of more than 100 organizations from different sectors that is at the forefront of the campaign for the passage of an FOI Act. He […]

  • 18 July 2014

    Pakistan Committee Makes Changes in Draft RTI Bill 

    A committee of the Pakistan Senate on July 15 approved amendments to a right to information bill, according to an article in The Daily Times and one by the Pakistan Press Foundation.  The Standing Committee on Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage, chaired by Senator Kamil Ali Agha, dropped a provision that would have left authority […]

  • 8 July 2014

    Ghana Officials Reportedly Doubt Support for RTI BIll

    Top parliamentarians in Ghana are being quoted as questioning the degree of public support for a right to information law but also as promising passage in 2016. The comments emerged in a July 8 news report that was based on accounts of pro-RTI activists who met with Ghana’s Speaker of Parliament, Edward Doe Adjaho; the […]

  • 8 July 2014

    Groups Suggest Changes to Draft RTI Law for Cyprus

    The government in Cyprus has produced as draft access to information law, but it needs improvement according to activists. Access Info Europe, the civil society organization Politeia and other groups in Cyprus recently made recommendations to strengthen the draft law. The comments were presented at a recent public consultation. The draft law (in Greek) does […]

  • 3 July 2014

    Rapporteur  Visits Ghana, Presses for RTI Law

    The African Union Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information, Pansy Tlakula, is visiting Ghana to discuss the long-stalled right to information bill. The Special Rapporteur will meet with leaders of Parliament, the Minister of Information and Media Relations, the Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, and the Select Committee on […]

  • 3 July 2014

    Lower Afghan House OKs Access to Information Bill

    The lower house of the Afghanistan parliament (the Wolesi Jirga) on June 30 approved an access to information bill. Advocates say the body took into account some important recommendations from Afghan civil society organizations that have waged a three-year campaign for a law, but that the legislation still needs improvement. Executive Director of Integrity Watch, […]

  • 20 June 2014

    Bahamian Official Says Plans Under Way for FOI Legislation

    Following a major rally for passage of a freedom of information law, a key minister in the Bahamian government has indicated that a plan to pass a law will be issued. However, the minister said, more that 100 amendments would be necessary to fix a version that came close to becoming law several years ago. […]

  • 13 June 2014

    Tunisia Announces Plans to Consult on Access law

    Tunisia will hold a second consultation on the draft law on access to information, according to the Secretary of State in charge of governance and public service, Anouar Ben Khelifa. The goal is to replace Decree Law No. 41-2011 on access to administrative documents. The Secretary of State said that repeal of the decree is […]

  • 6 June 2014

    Push for Bahamian FOI Law to Kick Off With March

    A broad coalition of groups is planning a march on June 11 to dramatize a campaign for a freedom of information law. The march is being supported by some political parties, churches, trade unions, business associations, concerned citizens’ groups, including Bahamas Against Crime and the Bahamas Humane Society. The Trade Union Congress has called on […]

  • 30 May 2014

    Paraguayan House Passes Amended Access Legislation

    The Paraguayan House May 28 approved access to public information legislation. The House amended the Senate-passed bill, in particular, Article 22, which defines confidential information, in ways considered positive by pro-transparency advocates. Exceptions are not specifically established in the bill. Instead, Article 22 refers to provisions in other laws that impose confidentiality. Groups supporting the […]

  • 30 May 2014

    Bhutan National Council Delays Action on RTI Bill

    The National Council of Bhutan has decided to delay action on the Right to information Bill 2014, according to a May 29 announcement. The National Council’s concerns about “obstruction” by the Prime Minister are further laid out in a longer document. The RTI bill was passed Feb. 5 by the National Assembly, the lower body, and sent […]

  • 19 May 2014

    Pakistan Committee Backs RTI Information Commission

    The National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Information and Broadcasting has recommended creation of an independent federal information commission and legal protection for whistleblowers. A committee recently finalized its recommendations on the draft Right to Information bill which has been proposed by the ministry, according to Dawn and the Daily Times. The committee also proposed amendments […]

  • 16 May 2014

    Philippines FOI Supporters Start Petition Campaign

    Signatures are being collected in support of freedom of information legislation in the Philippines. The drive was kicked off by the Right to Know Right Now! Network and other groups. The campaign may be accessed by logging on to or by clicking here. The Senate has passed a bill, but a House committee assigned it […]

  • 9 May 2014

    Advocates Begin RTI Petition Campaign in Sri Lanka

    A petition calling on the government to pass a right to information law is being circulated in Sri Lanka, where efforts to pass a bill have been frustrated in recent years. The Action Committee for Media Freedom Rights activists held an event in Colombo May 5 to launch the petition drive. “This is the only […]

  • 9 May 2014

    Tanzanian Minister Says FOI Legislation Being Prepared

    A top minister in Tanzania has stated that a paper proposing a freedom of information bill has been prepared. The disclosure by Constitutional and Legal Affairs Minister Asha-Rose Migiro was reported May 5 in The Guardian. said the government is committed to observing Open Government Partnership (OGP) as part of its efforts to enhance good […]

  • 29 April 2014

    Access Bill in Paraguay to Face Test in House Debate

    Civil society groups in Paraguay are pushing to amend a proposed access to information bill that they say is too restrictive and some in Congress argue is totally unnecessary. The House is expected to debate the legislation on May 13, according to a media report (in Spanish) and sources. The Senate adopted an access […]

  • 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 […]