Saturday, December 23, 2006

Ministerial Veto in the Freedom of Information Act

Several countries incorporate Ministerial Veto into their Freedom of Information Acts. The Veto has its specific value for considering the whole systems regarding the exemptions of Freedom of Information Act. In general, Ministerial Veto should not be broadly invoked in withholding information. The scope of Ministerial Veto should be limited in the matters relating to national security and law enforcement. Furthermore, Ministerial Veto should be subject to judicial review in some degree. The costs of any judicial review of a certificate should be met from public funds with the exception of such review being brought unreasonably or improperly.

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