Overview of all FOI Law Around the World - 2011 update

By Roger Vleugels, Published on December 3, 2011

Reprinted with Permission from FRINGE SPECIAL, a biweekly journal with freedom of information news for specialists and researchers, originally published October, 9 2011. More information in the colophon at the bottom of this paper. To contact the author via email - Roger Vleugels and LinkedIn - Roger Vleugels.


Overview of all FOI Laws - 2011


Editor's note - quoted from the September 20, 2010 version of this guide, by Roger Vleugels:

One of the problems editing this Overview is that there is no good definition of a FOIA. The working definition I use includes: it has to be a law in strict sense, a right of access, with complaint and appeal possibilities [decrees are included if they have true complaint and appeal possibilities]. So in this list are also very poor FOIAs, like those of for instance Italy and Zimbabwe. A second important part of the definition, and in line with the practitioners point of view, is that the FOIA must be in power for at least the executive part of the trias politica.

88 countries do have a FOIA in power.

Country 89 - Malaysia

Africa is catching up - Europe: a stand still.

100 FOIA countries within 2-3 years

Positive and negative