Talk:Freedom of information laws by country

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Israel[edit]

The article on Israel's FOIA seems to be a rambling piece about some individual's experience, with no sources cited. Also, using it as an advertisement for some organization at the end. Should probably be largely truncated. --12.47.208.58 (talk) 11:13, 11 May 2011 (UTC)


Though the article seems to be based on some individual's experience it is probably indicative of the reality on the ground.Such articles should only be rephrased rather than truncated.

Jacki Moon (talk) 10:21, 13 May 2011 (UTC)


If you look below you will see my post on the NPOV of this section, honestly Jacki it very well MAY be the situation "on the ground", however, Wikipedia is an encyclopedia. We should only include information that is verifiable.  Travis "TeamColtra" McCrea - (T)(C) 05:11, 24 September 2011 (UTC)

as an israeli lawyer, i think this content is not exact, and is also contrary to the hebrew version. i am trying to edit this to a more balanced version. 77.127.248.219 (talk) 08:05, 4 June 2015 (UTC)

Israel POV[edit]

You can all check my edit history I am not someone who is out to defend Israel every chance I get, I am not anti-Israel or anti-Palistine or any of that, honestly I just want people to love and not kill each other. That being said, I edited out some weasel and POV words from the section (and left a couple to show what I mean). The entire thing lists only one source and that one source isn't actually a source to a neutral article. This isn't encylopedic it's editorialized.

I suggest that sources be found, or that we remove all the NNPOV stuff (which would leave mainly the first couple of sentences.  Travis "TeamColtra" McCrea - (T)(C) 04:26, 18 September 2011 (UTC)

I agree with this assessment. Some stuff came up on a Google search. To be honest, I'm not sure I have time to parse through it all.--RealZero (talk) 23:37, 16 October 2011 (UTC)

Ambiguous phrasing.[edit]

Consider the pronoun "it" in the following sentence. There is an unclear antecedent for this pronoun.

"The purpose of the Privacy Act is to extend the present laws of Canada that protect the privacy of individuals with respect to personal information about themselves held by a federal government institution and that provide individuals with a right of access to that information. It is a Crown copyright." — Preceding unsigned comment added by John Lincoln (talkcontribs) 00:20, 29 September 2011 (UTC)

Purpose Section?[edit]

Can we add a purpose section or modify the introduction? I made some edits to the open government page that might be ported here. One of the main reasons freedom of information legislation is advanced is to improve transparency in government. To that end this may be useful:

Transparency in government is often credited with generating government accountability.[1]:1346 Transparency often allows citizens of a democracy to control their government while reducing government corruption, bribery, and other malfeasance.[1]:1347–50 Some commentators contend that an open, transparent government allows for the dissemination information, which in turn helps produce greater knowledge and societal progress.[1]:1350--RealZero (talk) 23:20, 16 October 2011 (UTC)

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Self Link in Unites States section[edit]

In section 2.71 "United States," there is a link that redirects to the top of the page:

"Some states expand government transparency through open meeting laws, which require government meetings to be announced in advance and held publicly." 75.129.99.34 (talk) 00:32, 2 May 2016 (UTC)

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  1. ^ a b c Schauer, Frederick (2011), "Transparency in Three Dimensions" (PDF), University of Illinois Law Review, 2011 (4): 1339–1358, retrieved 2011-10-16.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)