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Sierra Leone passes Law to grant Right to Access Information
By Government of Sierra Leone
Nov 1, 2013, 17:12
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SIERRA LEONE GOVERNMENT
PRESS RELEASE:

ACCESS TO INFORMATION BECOMES LAW

 

In keeping with Government's policy of implementing reforms to promote and reinforce democracy and good governance, His Excellency the President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma has today 31st day of October, 2013 given his assent to the Right to Access information Act 2013.

 

The new law now provides a legal right to all Sierra Leonean citizens and corporate institutions to access any information held by a public body as well as information held by private organizations when such information is necessary for the enforcement of rights.


Classified information, especially of a security and defence nature, and not in the general public interest or covered by legal instruments are exempted from unlimited access.

 

His Excellency the President in giving his assent congratulates all Sierra Leoneans, especially Members of Parliament for unanimously passing the bill, which now guarantees all citizens the right to seek or have access to information, which constitutes one of the essential elements of good governance, freedom of speech and expression, hallmarks of a democratic dispensation

Dated this Thursday, October 31st, 2013


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