Freedom of information – a fundamental human right?


South Italy. The University of Salerno. The UNISAMUN Human Rights Council is in the middle of its first debate. The topic? Freedom of information in 2013.

Many ideas come out and all the delegates underline the importance of information as a fundamental human right. The Dominican Republic says that there is a lot of corruption among the media in their country and the press is “semi free”. However, they are working hard in order to find a proper solution to this very urgent issue. The Philippine delegation seconds the statement of the Dominican Republic and adds that the access to information should be recognized as a fundamental human right.

During a moderated caucus Canada starts talking about The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). FOIA is a federal freedom of information law that allows the full or partial disclosure of previously unreleased information and documents controlled by the government of the United States. The Act defines agency records subject to disclosure, outlines mandatory disclosure procedures and grants nine exemptions to the statute. The representatives start an argument and the committee is separated in two parts – countries willing to implement FOIA and countries against the law.

Marialuisa Serpico, Al Jazeera


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