Protesting the Weakening of FOI Laws in Bulgaria
At the request of International Freedom of Information Advocates Network, a European-based FOI advocacy group of which RTKNS is a member, and at the invitation of Toby Mendel of Article 19, I have attached our Coalition to a protest letter to the Bulgarian Government. The Bulgarian Government plans to amend its Act to require applicants to have a legal interest in the information requested (whatever that means) and to declare that it's all or nothing. If anything in a record is off FOI limits, then it all is; no severing of information .
The protest includes advocacy groups and others from some thirty countries. So far we are the only ones from this side of the pond. The flood of support is incredible.
Right to Know Coalition of Nova Scotia
More on the issue:
21 MAY 2007
International FOI Advocates Protest Draft Amendments that would Weaken Bulgarian Public Information Act(Note that the protest letter is available at this address as well)