FoI in Malta: Doubts raised about FoI law

Labour MPs in Malta have raised fears that the proposed law on freedom of information contains too many exemptions, and other restrictive features that will dilute the right to access.Labour MPs Helena Dalli and Evarist Bartolo have pointed out the law might preclude certain groups of people from the right to freedom of information.

The proposed law will only afford the right to access to documents to anyone who has been a resident in Malta for five years.

Questions were also raised about the number of exemptions from the law and the apparent conflict of interest with the Information Commissioner who is also to act as Data Protection Commissioner.

Opposition raises doubts over Freedom of Information law (Malta Today, 29 October 2008)