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Topic “freedom of information”

North Carolina weekly retracts public information request, editor resigns in latest storm over gun data

In a Feb. 21 letter to their readers, the Cherokee Scout announced they would retract their request for gun data in the county .

El Salvador's president vetoes reforms that would weaken sunshine law


The president of El Salvador, Mauricio Funes, vetoed reforms to the Access to Public Information Law that would have weakened the institution overseeing the law's implementation, according to the website El Faro, on Friday, Feb. 15. Read more »


Reforms to El Salvador's sunshine law strip powers from access to public information institute


The Salvadoran Congress approved reforms to the Access to Public Information Law that strip the autonomous access to public information institute of the power to declassify secret documents and order public institutions to respond to requests for information, according to El Faro. Read more »


New gun legislation in New York sparks controversy over access to information

In the wake of the Newtown, Conn. shooting, New York State enacted the strictest gun laws in the nation, according to Huffington Post on Jan. 15, sparking debate over how to balance protecting gun owners’ privacy and the public’s right to information.  Read more »


Report highlights advances and challenges to freedom of expression in El Salvador


The Salvadoran Association of Journalists (APES in Spanish) released its annual report on the advances and challenges to freedom of expression in the Central American country. El Salvador improved its standing on lists by Reporters Without Borders (RSF in French) and Freedom House during the last year. Read more »


Costa Rica's supreme court suspends information crimes law

Costa Rica’s highest court temporarily suspended the controversial Information Crimes Law that could send journalists and other individuals to prison for up to eight years for revealing government secrets, reported the newspaper La Nación on Saturday, Nov. 24. Read more »


Students protest Costa Rica's information crimes law

Students took to the streets in downtown San José, Costa Rica on Thursday Nov. 15, to protest the country’s recently enacted and much reviled information crimes law, reported the Tico Times website. Read more »


Newspaper offices shot at in Venezuela

The building housing the newspaper El Regional, in Venezuela, was fired upon in the morning of Thursday, Nov. 1, reported El Universal. The newspaper El Nacional added that the office of PDVSA, the state oil company, was also attacked at the same time. No one was injured. Read more »


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