Media News - Friday, May 18, 2012
Brazilians can now count on an Information Access Law to obtain data and non-secret government documents without having to provide justification for their information requests. The information access law went into effect on Wednesday, May 16, making Brazil one of 91 countries with freedom of information laws, reported ABC News and the newspaper Zero Hora. Also, the decree that regulates this law was signed by President Dilma Rousseff. The long struggle for this law to be approved was supported by organizations, such as the Brazilian Association of Investigative Journalism (Abraji in Portuguese), the NGO Article 19, and the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas, as well as journalists, such as Fernando Rodrigues, who is the leader of the campaign for the right to information access in Brazil. The Brazilian law guarantees access to financial expenditures and contracts, as well as general data on programs, actions, projects and other public works, and is applied to all levels of the government (city, state, and national) and the three powers (legislative, executive, and judicial). Compared with other information access laws, such as those in Chile and the U.S., this law is a step forward. To better understand the law, the portal G1 and Povo Online highlighted the main points. The full text of the law can be found here. (Knight Center)
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