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  • 8 September 2016

    Exempting Emails? Suggestion Bashed in US

    A column by a US journalist questioning whether emails should be subject to the Freedom of Information Act triggered an outpouring of rebuttals. “Treating email as public by default rather than private like phone calls does not serve the public interest,” wrote Matthew Yglesias in Vox, prompting numerous, mostly critical responses. One detailed reply came from […]

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  • 1 September 2016

    Much Variation Seen in FOI Request Volumes in 11 Countries

    By Vincent Mabillard The author is a Research Assistant at the Swiss Graduate School of Public Administration, University of Lausanne Lausanne, Switzerland. This is an excerpt from a longer paper (pdf) that also provides an overview on the adoption of  FOI laws, discusses their different characteristics and suggests possible ways to address FOI in a comparative […]

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  • 25 August 2016

    CHRI Analysis of the New Sri Lanka RTI Law

    The following summary of the new Sri Lankan RTI law was prepared by the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative. On 04 August, 2016, the Hon’ble Speaker of the Parliament of Sri Lanka certified their RTI Bill as having been “duly passed by Parliament”. With this certification, the RTI Bill has become law in Sri Lanka. Unlike many […]

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  • Progress Seen in Draft Tanzanian FOI Bill

    By Deus Kibamba The author is trained in political science and international law. His column first appeared Aug. 24 in The Citizen. The government issued a new draft FOI bill in June. (See report.) In less than two weeks, the Right to Information Bill will be presented in Parliament for its second reading and passing by […]

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  • 14 August 2016

    Broken Promises in Ghana

    The following statement was issued by the RTI Coalition, Ghana, in early August 2016. (Subsequently the members of the Coalition sent a letter to the president urging passage of the RTI bill.) When a father promises to do something for a child, the child relies hugely on that promise and expects that the adult will deliver […]

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