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Guyana Approves Freedom of Information Act
Source: taiwannews.com.tw
Source Date: Friday, September 16, 2011
Focus: E-Education
Country: Guyana
Created: Sep 19, 2011

Guyana's Parliament has approved a freedom of information bill that will make most government documents available to those who request them.

The measure calls for the appointment of an information officer responsible for releasing documents as long as the information does not compromise investigations or pose a threat to the country's safety.

The bill also allows for the release of Cabinet minutes.

Any public official found guilty of destroying public documents could face as much as a year in jail.

President Bharrat Jagdeo is expected to sign the bill in upcoming months. It was approved late Thursday.

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