Name of law: The Freedom of Government Information Law First adopted: 2005 Last modified: n/a RTI Rating last updated: n/a


This law is extremely problematic. It is completely devoid of promotional measures, is extremely vague on procedure, and offers only weak and vague sanctions for undermining the right to information. The law also contains a puzzling provision which states that foreigners are only allowed to make requests if ROC nationals are allowed to make requests in their country, a clause which seems to belie the authorities' misunderstanding of the nature of access to information, which should be treated as a fundamental right rather than used as a tool to promote national recognition.