Rights to information around the region

PUBLISHED : Friday, 29 January, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 29 January, 2010, 12:00am

South Korea: The Act on Disclosure of Information by Public Agencies went into effect in January 1998. Citizens can demand information held by public agencies, but not from those that handle issues of national security.

Japan: The Law Concerning Access to Information Held by Administrative Organs went into effect in April 2001. Any individual or firm, Japanese or foreign, can request administrative documents held by administrative agencies. A separate law enacted in November 2001 extended that to public service corporations.

Thailand: The right to information has been recognised by the Constitution since 1991. The Official Information Act went into effect in December 1997, but does not cover independent bodies. Information that 'may jeopardise the Royal Institution' cannot be disclosed.

Philippines: The right to information was included in the 1973 Constitution and expanded in 1987. While it has no act, these rights and other legal provisions make it one of the most open countries in the region.

Source: www.freedominfo.org