Freedom of the Mass Media and Access to Information Proclamation No ...

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Notwithstanding the provisions of sub-article (3) of this Article, any public body to whom a request for access to

information regarding a matter deemed urgent is made shall provide the requested information within, a period of not
more than ten working days.
Without prejudice to other matters stipulated to be deemed urgent by public bodies, matters are deemed to be
urgent if;
an application which reasonably demonstrates that failure to provide an information urgently would pose an
immediate risk of danger to the life or physical well being of a person is lodged; or

an applicant ,whose main engagement is dissemination of information in the mass media ,made a request which

reasonably demonstrates that an action taken or about to be taken by the public body should be released to the public

Where the public relation officer deems that request made in accordance with sub article (10) (a) and ( b) of this

Article is not an urgent request that requires an expedited access ,he shall communicate his decision along with a
statement indicating the requester’s right to make an administrative appeal within the time limit referred to in sub-article
(9) of this Article No court may review on appeal such a decision.

The fees payable for access to information in accordance with sub-article (2) of this Article shall not exceed the

actual cost of searching, collecting and duplicating the record containing the information provided that no fee shall be
charged for requests of personal information or for requests from those who cannot afford to pay.
15. Exempted Information

The right of access provided in Article 12 of this Proclamation applies to the exclusion of any provision of other

legislation that prohibits or restricts the disclosure of information, provided that this right takes effect subject to the
exceptions provided in this Part.
The mere fact that a record has been administratively classified as confidential does not, of itself, override the right
of access established by this Proclamation unless it falls within the scope of an exception set out in this Part.

16. Information Relating to Third Party

Any public relation officer must reject a request for access to a record of the public body if its disclosure would

involve the unreasonable disclosure of personal information about a third party, including a deceased individual who has
passed away before 20 years.

A request referred to in sub-article(1) of this Article may not be refused if the record consists of information:-

with respect to which the third party has not protested against disclosure under Article 19 of this Proclamation or
has consented in writing to its disclosure to the person who has made the request;
that was submitted to the public body by the individual to whom it relates and the individual was informed by or on
behalf of the public body, before it had been submitted , that the information belongs to a class of information that would
or might be made available to the public;

that has already been publicly available;


about an individual's physical or mental health, or well- being, who is under the care of the requestor or under the



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