Update: China deepens its disclosure regime

Apr 4, 2014

by Doreen Weisenhaus with contributions by Rick Glofcheski and Yan Mei Ning (Expanded Second Edition, Hong Kong University Press 2014)

“China deepens its disclosure regime,”  Jaimie Horsley (Yale Law School China Law Center), freedominfo.org, 4 April 2014.

“Even as the Chinese Government continues to restrict freedom of expression and freedom of the press, it is gradually expanding the scope and depth of Chinese citizens’ access to government-held information in potentially significant ways.

On March 17, 2014 China’s State Council General Office, which oversees implementation of the Regulations of the People’s Republic of China on Open Government Information (OGI), issued the third set of annual priorities for OGI work by central government departments and provinces throughout the country. They aim to enhance transparency of government’s exercise of administrative powers, the management and use of public funds, the distribution of public resources, the delivery of public services and public supervision information including pollution data, industrial accidents, food safety and credit information, and require year-end reports to the General Office on how these priorities were implemented during 2014.”

See also:

–“Chinese government expands freedom of information,” Didi Kirsten Tatlow, The New York Times, 2 April 2014.

–“Lawyer wins open information case in Guangzhou,” David Bandurski, China Media Project, 4 April 2014.