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Ghana: ARTICLE 19 Recommends Changes to Proposed Access to Information Law


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Ghana: ARTICLE 19 Recommends Changes to Proposed Access to Information Law

ARTICLE 19 commends the Government of Ghana for recognising the importance of the right to access information. The Draft Law, which has been tabled for adoption in Parliament, contains several positive features, including granting the right to access information to every person, without requiring a reason for information requests, and the crucial recognition of the public interest override. The Draft Law, however, suffers from long time-limits, unclear and broad exception clauses, and a lack of independent control over its implementation. In contradiction to international standards, private bodies are also not subject to this Law.


By Article 19, UK.


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