Access%to%information%Final%Draft%law%
December%2013%submitted%to%the%president%office%%
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Chapter%1%–%General%provisions!
Article%1:!Definitions!
For!the!purpose!of!applying!the!provision!of!this!law!the!following!words!and!phrases!have!the!following!
meanings!unless!the!context!indicates!otherwise:!
The!Country:!the!state!of!Palestine!
The!commission:!the!general!commission!of!information!
The!commissioner:!the!Commissioner=General!of!Information!
The!institution:!Any!ministry!or!body!or!a!public!institution!or!a!company!that!operates!a!public!facility!
or!a!local!body!or!a legislative!or!judicial!or!executive!or!supervisory!insititution,!or!public!prosecutor!or!
public!companies!or!any!other!party!that!the!Commissioner!General!considers!as!a!an!institution!for!the!
purposes!of!the!implementation!of!this!law.!
The!competent!employee:!!the!assigned!employee!by!the!public!institution!to!look!into!the!requests!of!
information.!
Information:!Data!and!existing!data!or!saved!by!any!means,!whether!records!or!documents!written!and!
preserved!electronically,!or!graphics,!or!maps,!or!tables,!or!images,!or!movies,!or!microfilm,!or!audio!
recordings,!or!videos,!or!graphics,!or!any!data!read!on!special!equipment,!or!other!forms!of!information!
that!the!Commissioner=General!sees!it!within!the!scope!of!the!information!in!accordance!with!this!law.!
Publishing: enabling!the!access!in!an!easy!form!and!style!to!the!public,!which!includes!printing,!radio!and!
electronic!communication!messages!or!other!modes!of!access,!or!those!known!to!be!known!in!the!
future.
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Article%2:!Aim!of!this!law:!this!law!aims!to!achieve!the!following:!!
1. Enable!persons!to!exercise!their!right!of!access!to!information!held!by!public!institutions,!in!
accordance!with!the!provisions!of!this!Law.!
2. Organize!and!activate!the!free!flow!of!information!according!to!this!law’s!provisions!
3. strengthen!transparency!and!accountability!in!institutions!!
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Article%3:!Absolute!discloser!of!information:!All!information!shall!be!deemed!accessible!unless!exempt!in!
the!provisions!of!this!Law.!
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