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Brazil: Supreme Court Allows Satire of Political Candidates

(June 26, 2018) On June 21, 2018, the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court (Supremo Tribunal Federal, STF) ruled as unconstitutional provisions of the Elections Law that prevented radio and television broadcasters from running humorous programs ridiculing or lampooning candidates, political parties, and coalitions in the three months prior to an election. (Lei das Eleições, Lei No. […]

Saint Kitts and Nevis: National Assembly Passes Freedom of Information Law

(May 31, 2018) On May 3, 2018, members of the National Assembly of the Caribbean island federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis met in the capital Basseterre and passed the Freedom of Information Bill 2018. The Bill had its first reading in 2015. (Parliament News: National Assembly Meets on Thursday May 3, THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY […]

Israel: Online Privacy Protection Regulations Adopted

(June 14, 2017) Comprehensive regulations for the protection of information stored online went into effect in Israel on May 8, 2017. (Protection of Privacy (Information Security) Regulations, 5777-2017, KOVETZ HATAKANOT [COLLECTION OF REGULATIONS] (Subsidiary Legislation) No. 7809 p. 1022, Ministry of Justice website (in Hebrew) (scroll down listings to No. 7809 to access).) The following are […]

Sweden: Court Rules Legislation Must Be Made Available Free of Charge

(Mar. 29, 2017) On March 15, 2017, the Swedish Supreme Court, in an advisory decision, explained that laws and regulations must be available free of charge to the public in order for a conviction or a fine imposed under their relevant provisions to be lawful. (Press Release Högsta domstolen,  Författningar måste vara tillgängliga i läsbar […]

Vanuatu: Right to Information Law Comes into Force

(Feb. 10, 2017) On February 6, 2017, Vanuatu’s first freedom of information law came into effect, following the unanimous passage of the law by the Parliament on November 24, 2016. (Right to Information Becomes Law in Vanuatu, RADIO NEW ZEALAND (Feb. 8, 2017); Jane Joshua, PINA and MAV Laud Historic RTI Law, VANUATU DAILY POST (Feb. 7, 2017); […]

Sri Lanka: Right to Information Act to Be Implemented

(Jan. 6, 2017) Sri Lanka’s Minister of Parliamentary Reforms and Mass Media, Gayantha Karunathilaka, recently announced that arrangements have been made to implement the country’s 2016 Right to Information Act.  The Act will come into force on February 4, 2017, and a central Information Officer will be appointed to provide information services to every state […]

Italy: Legislation to Combat Corruption and Promote Transparency

(July 6, 2016) On June 23, 2016, new legislation on the fight against corruption and the promotion of transparency entered into effect in Italy. (Legislative Decree No. 97 of March 25, 2016, Review and Simplification of Provisions on the Prevention of Corruption and Promotion of Transparency, Correcting Law No. 190 of November 6, 2012, and Legislative Decree No. […]

Sri Lanka: Right to Information Legislation Considered

(June 28, 2016) On June 24, 2016, the Right to Information Law, with amendments, passed its second reading in Sri Lanka’s Parliament, following a debate that began the day before. The draft legislation had been introduced in the legislature on March 24 by the Minister of Parliamentary Reforms and Mass Media, Gayantha Karunathileka. (Sri Lanka […]

Mexico: Defense Department Ordered to Release Information on Drones

(June 17, 2016) In May 2016, Mexico’s National Institute of Transparency, Access to Information and Protection of Personal Data (the federal authority on matters pertaining to access to public information, known as INAI) ordered the Department of Defense (known as SEDENA) to release information on the number of drones that it uses for aerial surveillance. […]

ECHR, Russian Federation: Breaches of Human Rights in Surveillance Legislation

(Mar. 2, 2016) The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), in a decision issued on December 4, 2015, in the case of Roman Zakharov v. Russia, ruled on the legality of Russia’s regulations on administering the System for Ensuring Investigative Activities (SORM legislation) under article 34 of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights […]