Tuesday, August 22, 2006

International News

Fiji Times
- Civil society groups call for freedom of information law Region :None Country :Cook Islands, Fiji Islands, Kiribati, Nauru, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu Topic :Access to Information

India -Zeenews - Govt drops move to amend RTI Act

USA -NY Times Court strikes down citizen requirement for state foi
"A federal appeals court ruled on Wednesday that it was unconstitutional for Delaware to deny public documents to nonresidents under a provision of the state's Freedom of Information Act."

.....This an interesting case, as the US FOIA itself allows anyone to make requests from anywhere in the world (as does the UK FOIA, see DCA guidance). Other national FOI laws such as Canada and New Zealand restrict use to citizens of that country. But it seems that in the US at state level access has been very restricted. This does at least highlight the relative benefit we have an overarching Act covering most of the public sector and that Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act is similarly open in who can make a request.

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