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Malawi - Analysis of the Access to Information

7 Feb 2016

In   January   2014,   the   government   passed   an   access   to   information   policy  which   recognised   the   importance   of   RTI   as   a   human   right   and     made   a   formal   commitment   to   pass   an   RTI   law.2   Finally,   in   November   2015,   the   Ministry  of   Justice  released  a  draft  Access  to   Information  Bill   (the  Bill),  which  was   prepared  wit. [...]  On  21  January  2015,  Malawi’s   President,   Peter   Mutharika,   threatened   to   veto   the   Bill   unless   it   only   applied   to   information   which   was   created   after   its   passage,   which   would   severely   limit   the   scope   of   its   application   and   usefulness.3   The   Open   Government   Partnership   also   announced  recently  that  it  is  reviewing  Malaw. [...]  You   are   free   to   copy,   distribute   and   display   this   work   and   to   make   derivative   works,   provided   you   give   credit   to   Centre   for   Law   and   Democracy,  do   not   use   this   work   for   commercial   purposes   and   distribute   any   works   derived   from   this   publication   under   a   licence   identical   to   this   one. [...]     Section   2   contains   a   broad   definition   of   the   bodies   to   which   the   Bill   applies,   including   “the  Government,   a   statutory   body,   or   any   other   body   appointed  by   the   Government”  as  well  as  private  bodies  which  are  owned,  controlled  or  financed  by   public   funds   or   which   carry   out   a   statutory   or   public   function   or  . [...]  This  uncertainty  should  be  clarified  by  including  a  statement,  in   section   48,   that   the   Commission’s   determinations   are   legally   binding   and   that,   in   addition   to   ordering   disclosure,   they   can   order   impose   other   remedies   on   public   bodies   which   are   structurally   failing   to   implement   the   law,   such   as   providing   additional.
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