FREEDOM OF INFORMATION

[CAP. 496.

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CHAPTER 496
FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT
To establish a right to information held by public authorities in order to promote added
transparency and accountability in government.

31st July, 2009 * ;
21st April, 2010 † ;
1st September, 2012 ‡ .
ACT XVI of 2008.

ARRANGEMENT OF ACT

Part
Part
Part
Part
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III
IV
V

Part VI
Part VII

Preliminary and Declaration of Principles
Submission and Handling of Requests for Information
Access to Certain Documents
The Information and Data Protection Commissioner
Conclusive Reasons for not disclosing Official Documents
under this Act
Other Reasons for Withholding Official Information
Further Provisions

Articles
1-5
6 - 16
17 - 20
21 - 28
29 - 34
35 - 38
39 - 48

*articles 2, 4, 5, 17, 21(1), (2), (6) and (7), 22, 46 and 47(1) - in force as from 31st July, 2009 - see article
1(2) of this Act, as originally promulgated, and Legal Notice 218 of 2009.
†articles 41 and 42 - in force as from 21st April, 2010 - see article 1(2) of this Act, as originally
promulgated, and Legal Notice 157 of 2010.
‡articles 3, 6 to 16, 18, 19, 20, 21(3) to (5), 23 to 40, 43 to 45, 47(2) and (3) and 48 - in force as from 1st
September, 2012 - see article 1(2) of this Act, as originally promulgated, and Legal Notice 156 of 2012.

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