Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

Coalition wanted to restrict free access to information

RULING coalition MP Edita Angyalová submitted a draft amendment to parliament to enable bureaucrats to refuse to provide information to citizens if they judged that a request for information is "clearly unreasonable".

RULING coalition MP Edita Angyalová submitted a draft amendment to parliament to enable bureaucrats to refuse to provide information to citizens if they judged that a request for information is "clearly unreasonable".

Following protests from the opposition, however, she withdrew the proposal.

Angyalová had argued that the existing wording of the Freedom of Access to Information Act could be misused, citing the example of an individual who sent thousands of applications to the Tax Bureau and allegedly paralyzed the institution.

She added that similar cases had occured at other institutions.

However, the opposition and the NGO community accused the ruling coalition of trying to restrict citizens' right to information on public affairs, and threatened to appeal to the Constitutional Court.

NGOs such as Transparency International Slovensko and Citizen and Democracy warned that the proposal represented serious interference with the right to information. The term "clearly unreasonable" was unclear and was not defined anywhere in the proposed revision.


Martina Jurinová

Top stories

My five-year-old daughter will almost certainly encounter a Weinstein too

It’s not that I thought sexually harassing women was okay, it’s more that I accepted that was just part of how things worked. Unfortunate, yes, but also standard.

Harvey Weinstein

Socialism elections were parody of free vote

After the revolution in 1989 the number of people participating in elections fell from 99 percent to around 60 percent.

Elections during socialism regime.

Foreigners: Top 10 events in Bratislava Video

Tips for the top 10 events in the capital between November 17 and November 26, plus regular services in different languages, training, temporary exhibitions and highlights of the year.

Lúčnica

Top 3 stories from Last Week in Slovakia Video

Chinese could produce e-cars in Slovakia - PM Robert Fico does not see election defeat - Poliačik leaves the strongest opposition party

PM Robert Fico