Ethiopia

Name of law: A Proclamation to Provide for Freedom of the Mass Media and Access to Information First adopted: 2008 Last modified: n/a RTI Rating last updated: n/a

Introduction

This is one of a number of strong laws that emerged in Africa in the earlier days of adopting RTI laws. The scope of the law is broad and it has a strong system of oversight, albeit being vested in the Ombudsman rather than a dedicated RTI oversight body. The biggest weakness in Ethiopia's framework are its preponderance of illegitimate and non-harm tested exceptions, and its long timelines for responding to requests. Other than that, the law is quite good.

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