Should it become necessary to enforce one’s right to access information in terms of the Constitution, we provide a quick guide that would make it easier for a claimant to present their case for review in court. The guide emphasizes the importance of proper record keeping. It provides samples of an overview sheet, a phone call log and a physical follow-up log. In the absence of a statute that lays out the details of implementation of the constitutional guarantee, one should be able to show the court details of what they did on their request, when they did it, and the public officials that they have been dealing with. The court would then be better placed to determine that the state organ in question failed in its constitutional obligation, as the custodian of public information, to make that information available. This is a right that is actionable through the court in Malawi and as valid a human right as one’s right to vote. Read the rest of this entry »

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