Access to Information Authority makes binding decisions for public bodies
The board of the National Authority for Access to Information, convened on Thursday and reviewed eight appeals against public structures and issued binding decisions for administrations that did not respond to access to information requests.
"Of a total of eight appeals reviewed, four cases were found admissible," said the authority in a statement released Friday.
Among these files, the authority cited a complaint filed for obtaining a copy of the final report, prepared by the Tunis governorate on suspicion of administrative and financial corruption.
"We have decided and rendered binding decisions in four cases," said the authority, noting that "the other files are under review."
The Prime Ministry had recently published a circular on the modalities of application of the law on the right of access to information. This circular is addressed to members of the government, governors and presidents of companies and public institutions sets the various obligations that fall on the public structures.
The public body concerned must respond to the request for access to information within a period not exceeding 20 days from the date of receipt of the request in question.
Adopted by parliament on 11 March 2016, the organic law on the right of access to information enshrines the right of every natural or legal person to access information held by public bodies.