Name of law: Freedom of Information Act, 2017 First adopted: 2017 Last modified: n/a RTI Rating last updated: 2017-11


The Bahamian law is relatively strong, partly due to a strong system of appeals, including a robust independent oversight body, the decisions of which are binding on public authorities. However, the law has a relatively limited scope, as the legislature and some parts of the executive are not subject to it, and the Information Minister has the authority to exclude additional public authorities from the scope of the law. Some of the exceptions are also not in conformity with international standards and the RTI law does not trump secrecy provisions in other legislation.