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19.4.2006

Freedom of Information in the World

Since the early 1990s dozens of countries have passed laws on access to information. More than 60 countries had done so by September 2005. Many civil society movements have been actively involved in campaigning for these laws to become a reality. Some of them have succeeded and have since become engaged in monitoring the way in which they function. Others are still pursuing their Parliaments, Congresses and Governments to have the debate started, or the laws discussed or enacted.

The latest world report on access to government records was released in 2004 by Privacy International and Freedominfo.org. David Banisar"s survey reviews FOI, state secrets, environmental, archives and other access laws and their implementation in 58 countries.


2004 World Report on FOI

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