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Has the Freedom of Information Act enhanced transparency and the free flow of information in Liberia?
University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa.
2018 (English)In: Information Development, ISSN 0266-6669, E-ISSN 1741-6469, Vol. 34, no 1, p. 20-30Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article investigates if the adoption of the Liberian Freedom of Information (FOI) law 2010 has led to a transparent government and increased the free flow of government information. Freeing government information is expected to create transparent and accountable governments. It brings forth democratic and inclusive government institutions that work for the people. Inclusivity, transparency and accountability are expected to address sustainable development challenges and democracy deficits. Transparency and accountability can only be achieved through access to government information. The right to access government information is also included in the national constitution of Liberia. The citizens of Liberia in West Africa suffered from a protracted civil war between 1989-1996 and 1999-2003 respectively. These wars were partly caused by non-accountability of the governments, endemic corruption and the mismanagement of the countries' resources. Efforts are being made by the government with the help of the international community to embrace a new democratic dispensation. Liberia was also one of the first African countries to enact a Freedom of Information (FOI) Law that would enable Liberians to access government information.

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2018. Vol. 34, no 1, p. 20-30
Keywords [en]
transparency, accountability, freedom of information, legislation, Liberia
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Information Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-34019DOI: 10.1177/0266666916672717ISI: 000418183400003Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85038369738OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-34019DiVA, id: diva2:1170737
Available from: 2018-01-04 Created: 2018-01-04 Last updated: 2018-07-05Bibliographically approved

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