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 Freedom of the Press Act
Country: Sweden
Category: Journals
Focus: Electronic and Mobile Government, Knowledge Management in Government, Internet Governance
Description: In 1766, Sweden was the first country in the world to introduce legislation on Freedom of Information with the Freedom of the Press Act. This Act was reviewed in 1949 and last amended in 1998. Chapter 2 on the Public Nature of Official Documents decrees that ''every Swedish subject shall have free access to official documents''. Public authorities must respond immediately to requests for official documents. Requests can be in any form and anonymous. Each authority is required to keep a register of all official documents and most indices are publicly available. There is currently an effort to make the registers available electronically.
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