Launch of Mexico’s Access to Information Index
Title: Launch of Mexico’s Access to Information Index
Publisher: ARTICLE 19
Date (published): 29/04/2010
Date (accessed): 03/05/2010
Type of information: press release
On-line access: yes (pdf)
ARTICLE 19 and its partner FUNDAR have today released an Access to Information Index for Mexico. Using a unique methodology, the Index tests the efficacy of Access to Information laws across 32 Mexican states.
In Mexico, the Right to Information (RTI) is entrenched in the Constitution and there is a Federal Transparency Law which gives effect to this right. However, because Mexico is a federal republic, each one of its 32 local state congresses must approve their own RTI legislation.
The ARTICLE 19 and FUNDAR Index measures the Federal Transparency Law and 32 local RTI laws against the country’s Constitutional mandate and national legislative development, also establishing a baseline setting out the minimum criteria to protect RTI.
The Index also evaluates RTI legislation against international standards and best international practices. It sets international human rights law and standards for freedom of information as an ideal benchmark to protect and enhance Access to Information.
See also: Mexico’s Access to Information Index