Access to Information Law in Guatemala
Las week the session of Congress introduced a bill called the Access to Public Information Law.
Monday, June 16, 2008
In the midst of the turbulance caused by the transparency scandals in the Legislature, the law could not have arrived at a better time. Now that the deputies are "washing their faces" before the citizens they are starting to approve this initiative.
The law, which regulates access to information publicly administered information, will come into effect 180 days after it is published.
Following the adoption in Guatemala of the Law on Public Information Access, El Salvador and Costa Rica are the only ones in the isthmus that lack a similar law.
Congress has for the moment suspended the enactment of the controversial law approved a few days ago.
The Secrecy Act gives power to the owners of institutions to declare secret any information which according to its criteria needs to be hidden.
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