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UNESCO’s comparative survey on freedom of information translated into Chinese

10-12-2009 (Paris)
UNESCO’s comparative survey on freedom of information translated into Chinese
Cover of the Chinese translation
UNESCO, in collaboration with Peking University of China, has translated the book Freedom of Information: A Comparative Legal Survey into Chinese.
This second edition of the survey, revised and updated, was launched in 2008 and has played an important role in assisting UNESCO Member States with freedom of information legislation. The book presents an international overview of best practice standards and analyses the laws of 14 different countries from all over the world. It is concluded by a comparative analysis of the various laws and policies regarding the fundamental right to information.

The translator of the Chinese version, Professor Wenxiang Gong from Peking University, said: “This book is very useful in raising awareness of freedom of information in China and will surely contribute to the ongoing legislation process in the country. Thoughts conveyed in the publication will reach well beyond the field of legal studies.”

Over the past 10 years, the right to freedom of information has been recognised by an increasing number of countries, including developing ones. In 1990 there were only 13 countries that had adopted national right to information laws. Now there are more than 70 such laws adopted across the world with a further 20-30 of them under consideration.

The publication is currently available in Chinese, English, French, Nepalese, Russian and Spanish for free download in PDF format: click here.
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      · China
      · Freedom of Information
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