CIMA is pleased to release Breathing Life into Freedom of Information Laws: The Challenges of Implementation in the Democratizing World, by Craig L. LaMay, Robert J. Freeman, and Richard N. Winfield, all of whom have long experience in media law. Most of the world’s 90-plus freedom of information laws are recent, enacted in the last two decades, and many are exemplary on paper. But many are also poorly implemented. This report is intended to be a practical, useful guide for stakeholders in national and local governments, the media, civil society and business, on how to make freedom of information laws work. The authors’ particular emphasis is on the role public officials and journalists must play in effectively breathing life into these laws, giving meaning to their democratic intent and legal guarantees.
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