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Colombian president signs transparency law

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos signed the country’s first Transparency and Access to Public Information Law today March 6, reported the Foundation for Freedom of the Press (FLIP). Read more »

Honduran Secrecy Law endangers access to public information: RSF

The Law on Secret Information, discreetly adopted by the Honduran parliament on Jan. 13, endangers Hondurans’ access to public information and the transparency of their new government, according to various human rights organizations like Reporters Without Borders. Read more »

Plenty of work remains to fulfill promise of transparency laws, says National Security Archive’s Tom Blanton

It’s been almost 40 years since Tom Blanton filed his first public information request. Since then, Blanton, the current director of the nonprofit National Security Archive, has become a leading authority in access to information and been directly involved in the release of tens of thousands of documents declassified by the U.S. government. Read more »

Knight Center’s 11th Austin Forum to discuss transparency and public information access in the Americas

The Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas' 11th Austin Forum kicks off tomorrow. This year, the Forum will focus on access to information and transparency issues in the continent. 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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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 .

Pressure from student protests prompts Mexican TV stations to nationally broadcast presidential debate

Succumbing to pressure from the Mexican student movement “Yo Soy 132,”, or "I am 132," the president of the TV station Televisa, Emilio Azcárraga, agreed to nationally broadcast the next presidential debate, reported Noticias MVS. Read more »

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 »


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