Freedom of Information Act

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Freedom of Information Act

a law requiring federal agencies to provide access to information, with some exceptions, upon request. Amendments to the original law have made it easier for individuals to review agency records. The Department of Health and Human Services provides indices to assist the public and makes many records available on the WEB sites of its offices.
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ISLAMABAD -- On the eve of the Press Freedom Day President Asif Ali Zardari, Friday, called for urgently devising a plan of action for the protection of journalists against violence and threats while performing professional duties on the one hand and for the adoption of an appropriate and effective Freedom of Information legislation on the other.
He said the councils are taking legal advice on whether the report can or should be disclosed under the Freedom of Information legislation.
North Wales local authorities are taking collective and independent legal advice on whether the report can or should be disclosed under the Freedom of Information legislation, whether in full or in part.
Don Hutchinson, The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada (EFC) Vice-President and General Legal Counsel, said, "This change is contrary to the spirit of Freedom of Information legislation, the purpose of which is, in part, to ensure the right to access to information and that any exemptions to that right are 'limited and specific.
Some 1,858 fakes were detected by border officials last year, down from 3,300 in 2007, according to figures obtained by the BBC under Freedom of Information legislation.
Cardiff refused, saying finding this would take more than the 18 hours allowed under Freedom of Information legislation.
But using freedom of information legislation, the Birmingham Post successfully argued the sum paid by Colmore Row Managed Services was in the public interest, forcing AWM to release the price paid.
The health trusts released the redundancy figures to the Daily Post through Freedom of Information legislation.
This was highlighted at a briefing where Unite/Medical Practitioners' Union chair Ron Singer also suggested that private companies would not be subject to freedom of information legislation, and so it would be difficult to measure quality.
The only way we could get official and independent figures would be for the state to finance political parties in proportion to their memberships, and we would be able to obtain the information now with the Freedom of Information legislation.
There has been a consistent pattern of failing to display the proper degree of openness," the inquiry concluded, pointing out that scientists had failed to meet requests made under Britain's Freedom of Information legislation.
The figures were finally revealed by the University Hospital Birmingham Foundation Trust under Freedom of Information legislation.
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