Good news from Brazil: FOI passes senate

From Freedom House: Freedom House Applauds Brazilian Senate’s Passage of Freedom of Information Law

Freedom House applauds the Brazilian Senate’s passage of the Freedom of Information Law on October 25, a landmark step towards improving press freedom in Brazil. The bill would secure citizens the right to information on public agencies, including budgets, salaries, staffing, and internal reports, as well as protections to whistleblowers. Former Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva introduced the bill in 2009, and it was the subject of extensive debate. It was passed by the Chamber of Deputies in April 2010, and then was awaiting full approval from the Brazilian Senate.

This has been a long time coming. Now the law moves on to the next political battle for final enactment.

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