Saturday, December 29, 2007

FOI Monthly Report in Shanghai (November)

Taken from Shanghai Informatization Commission and translated by Ben Wei

Shanghai government agencies received 601 requests in November 2007. 413 requests (together with requests carried forward from last month) were determined in this month, of which, 205 (50%) were granted in full, 29 in part (7%) and 179 (43%) wholly refused. Of these refusals, 38 were refused on the basis of wrong agencies approached, 57 were refused due to the non-existence of information, and 35 were rejected because of unclear requests. The information requested by 21 applicants did not fall into the definition of information under Shanghai FOI Rules. Only 17 requests fell into six legitimate FOI exemptions. Exemptions of state secrets and deliberations have been frequently claimed by government agencies during this month. The rest (11) were refused because of “other reasons”, such as withdrawals from requesters and non-FOI requests (petition letters).

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