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Munroe, Trevor
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Access to information: Building a culture of transparency: [Jamaica]
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June 8, 2006
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Knutsford Court Hotel
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International Seminar sponsored by the Carter Center and the Information Division of The Office of the Prime Minister
Abstract
Reviews the working of the Access to Information Act less than one year after its full application in 2005. Contends that the Act has achieved two of its objectives, public participation and transparency, but needs strengthening in order to bring about governement's accountability. Recommends that the Joint Select Committee of Parliament brings powerful private entities within the purview of the Act, repeals the Official Secrets Act, and introduce a general public interest test. Encourages governement and civil society, particularly the media, to educate the public on how the Act may be effectively used in the public's interest....
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