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Jakarta Post

Guarding the freedom of information act

  • Warief Djajanto Basorie

Jakarta   /   Tue, April 15 2008   /  11:37 am

Indonesia will have the law on access to public information several weeks after the House of Representatives (DPR) passed the bill on April 3. The new law requires all public bodies to disclose public information at least every six months. They must also announce immediately information concerning threats to public safety. This may relate to natural or man-made calamities. They must also provide timely information relating to the work plan of projects, including outlay estimates. Within 10 days of receiving a request for information, the public body is required to give a written response saying whether the requested information is in its custody. If it is not, the public body must state what public body possesses the information. State-owned enterprises, businesses owned by local governments and other businesses owned by the state are obligated to provide public informati...