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Topic “access to information”

Arizona sheriff's department must pay newspaper's legal fees after refusing to hand over public documents

A Superior Court judge in Arizona has ordered controversial Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio -- who already is accused by the U.S. Justice Department of "unconstitutional policing" and unlawful discrimination against Latinos -- to repay newspaper The Arizona Republic and KPNX-TV Channel 12 roughly $51,000 for legal fees the media outlets spent fighting to access public records, reported the Associated Press on Monday, Dec. 19. Read more »


Journalists, free-speech advocates protest Internet anti-piracy act that threatens First Amendment

Journalists have joined the growing list of groups opposed to the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) under consideration by the U.S. congress, according to the Washington Post. On Wednesday, Dec. 14, the American Society of News Editors sent a letter to congress saying that while the organization "condemns content piracy, regardless of medium," SOPA amounts to an attack on the First Amendment, permitting prior restraint and not doing enough to "protect legitimate free speech rights." Read more »


Guatemalan reporter denied access to soccer game after reporting on fan violence


A Guatemalan sports reporter claimed that a member of the board of directors of the Cobán Imperial soccer team tried to prevent him from entering the stadium to cover a game, according to the Guatemalan Center for Investigative Reports (Cerigua in Spanish). Read more »


WikiLeaks' latest "Spy Files" document release exposes secrets of global surveillance

On Thursday, Dec. 1, WikiLeaks published its latest document trove: more than 287 files related to 160 intelligence contracting companies in 25 countries that "develop technologies to allow the tracking and monitoring of individuals by their mobile phones, email accounts and Internet browsing histories," reported AFP. Read more »


"We want to know": Website aims to make Brazil's new sunshine law user friendly (Interview)

Brazil recently passed its own sunshine law, codifying the right to make freedom of information requests from the government. While the legal battle over the law’s passage is over, many Brazilians are unsure about how to go about making freedom of information requests. The website Queremos Saber (“We Want to Know”) is trying to change that. This pioneering project seeks to facilitate information requests in Brazil and make communication between citizens and public servants more transparent. Read more »


Journalist Fernando Rodrigues says Brazil's new information access law is a leap toward a culture of transparency (Interview)

With President Dilma Rousseff's signature on Friday, Nov. 18, Brazil became the 89th country in the world to approve a freedom of information law, reported the Forum of Public Information Access. The law, which guarantees public access to government data and documents as well as private entities that receive public funding, will take effect in six months. Read more »


Most countries in Latin America, around world, fail Associated Press's freedom of information test

Faring about on par with Asia, better than Africa but worse than Europe, only about 38 percent of countries in Latin America were fully responsive to freedom of information requests filed by the Associated Press (AP) as part of a 105-country-wide project, the AP told the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas. Read more »


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