David Bandurski: Has China’s Information Release Ordinance Made a Difference?

China Media Project looks at Chinese media coverage of the one year anniversary of implementation of the ordinance on government information disclosure:

For the obstinate optimists there is no doubt reason enough to remain positive about the promises of the Ordinance on Openness of Government Information, or zhengfu xinxi gongkai tiaoli (政府信息公开条例). After all, as they frequently point out, it does mark a break in principle with the assumption that information should be secret as a matter of course.

But the real track record so far, as commentators such as Xu Zhiyong (许志永) have noted (BELOW), is certainly less than stellar.

In the rosy camp today is a piece from the Jinghua Times appearing also at People’s Daily Online.

[…] One of the strongest criticisms of the inadequacies of the new information openness legislation came late last month from legal scholar and activist Xu Zhiyong (许志永), who in his personal blog turned a sharp eye on official work reports on information release put out by government offices in Beijing’s Haidian District.

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