Panama

Name of law: Ley N°6 de 22 de enero de 2002: Que dicta normas para la Transparencia en la Gestión Pública, establece la acción de Hábeas Data y dicta otras disposiciones. First adopted: 2002 Last modified: n/a RTI Rating last updated: n/a

Introduction

Areas of Strength: 1. Strong oversight body, with a wide promotional mandate and the power to levy steep fines. 2. Broad scope. 3. Strong recognition of the right to information.

Areas for Improvement: 1. The law should apply a harms test and a public interest override to all exceptions. 2. Requesting procedures remain poorly defined.

Note: Panama also passed Ley 33 de 25 de abril de 2013 which created its RTI oversight body: the National Authority for Transparency and Access to Information. The 2013 law is cited alongside the 2002 law in our RTI Rating.

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