President Koroma signs Freedom of Information Act
President Ernest Bai Koroma has signed into law a Freedom of Information Act which will allow citizens to ‘demand’ information from government agencies.
The Voice of America quotes Information and Communication Minister Alpha Kanu as saying that “It is a bill which normally would be referred to as the Freedom of Information Bill, but it has been renamed as the Right to Access Information which gives anybody above the age of 15 years old, a citizen of Sierra Leone to demand or request any information from any public body or private body that does receive any funding from the consolidated fund for any information that is not confidential in nature.”
The official press release as published on the State House website is as follows:
“Press Release Access To Information Becomes Law
In keeping with Government’s policy of implementing reforms to promote and reinforce democracy and good governance, His Excellency the President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma has today 31st day of October, 2013 given his assent to the Right to Access information Act 2013.”