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Topic “access to information”

Government censorship in Venezuela increased by 87% compared to 2012, organizations say

So far this year, there have been 71 cases of censorship of journalists and media in Venezuela, meaning 87 percent more cases than there were over the same period last year, according to Venezuelan organizations that defend freedom of expression and information access that spoke about the situation in their country on Oct. 31 before the Inter American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) during its 149th session. Read more »


Journalists lead public information requests in first 18 months of Brazil’s new transparency law, official says


Of the 124,394 applications received during the first 18 months since Brazil’s new Law of Access to Information (LAI) went into effect, 5.15 percent came from journalists, according to Brazil’s Inspector General Jorge Hage. Read more »


New intelligence body in Venezuela could put access to information at risk

The creation of a new intelligence body in Venezuela that, among other powers, has the capacity to declare information as "reserved" or "classified," generated concern among different national and international organizations, several publications reported. Read more »


New bill would limit access to information, say Bolivian journalists during protests


Numerous protests led by journalists across Bolivia rallied earlier this month in the country's most important cities and squares to protest against a new federal transparency bill that would limit -- instead of expanding -- access to public information, news agency AFP reported. Read more »


Freedom of expression coalition criticizes proposed changes to Uruguay’s public information law

The Regional Alliance for Freedom of Expression and Information, a coalition of several organizations from 19 countries in Latin America and the U.S., wrote an open letter to senators and other Uruguayan officials expressing its concern over a series of proposed amendments to the country's Law on Public Access of Information. According to the group, the proposed changes are "regressive" in nature and could significantly limit citizens' access to government information.

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IAPA worried about safety and access to information in Honduras

The restriction of information by government officials, journalists' safety and the telecommunications bill in Honduras are the main concerns worrying a committee from the Inter American Press Society, IAPA, visiting the country since May 27. The goal of the visit is to understand the state of the freedom of the press in the country, "follow up on commitments about the application of measures to guarantee protection and fight the impunity of crimes against journalists." Read more »


One year after its launch, Brazil's sunshine law is not evenly respected by public agencies, study finds

One year after Brazil's Access to Information law took effect, fewer than half of the public agencies respect the law and the Executive branch receives the most information requests--and complaints--from journalists, according to independent research from Article 19 and the Brazilian Association of Investigative Journalism (ABRAJI in Portuguese).  Read more »


Obama OK’s new open data rules for more accessible public information

President Barack Obama took some heat from media critics earlier this spring when he declared that his administration was the “most transparent" in history but an announcement today takes him one step closer to making good on that boast. Read more »


"Cult of secrecy" pervades Canada's Access to Information system, report says

Secrecy is at the heart of the annual Review of Free Expression in Canada released on Friday, May 3, by the organization Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE). Read more »



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