Transparency and access to information improving in Costa Rica
#CostaRica still holds highest rank for #PressFreedom in Latin America, says @RSF_inter @IPLEXcr #DiaDelPeriodista https://t.co/HzYgj5Q9tw pic.twitter.com/S8bvC2nzax— IFEX (@IFEX) May 29, 2017
Costa Rica ranks the highest in Latin America on the 2017 World Press Freedom Index released in April 2017. Coming in at sixth place out of 180 countries, Costa Rica stands out from its neighbours with its media legislation that protects freedom of the press. Moreover, journalists can report openly and freely without fear of reprisals.
¡Recuerden que hoy nos vemos! Hoy Costa Rica consolidará su ruta hacia la transparencia y el acceso a la información #OpenGov #OpenData pic.twitter.com/1OT00iBqhv— Ana Gabriel (@agza05) April 27, 2017
The Costa Rican government continues its effort to improve freedom of expression and access to information in the country. On 27th April 2017, the government presented two official Executive Decrees on: "Transparency and access to public information in the state and its dependencies" and on "Open Data".
And in an effort to create a more transparent government, the parliament is considering two bills on "Law of freedom of expression and press" and "Law on access to public information".
All above-mentioned decrees and legislation were made available to the public for comment and consultation.
Several protests and demonstrations took place in Costa Rica during the last few months. According to monitoring by the Universidad de Costa Rica (University of Costa Rica), over 30 protests and collective actions occurred in the country since the last Monitor report in February 2017. Most of the protests focused on labour or workers’ rights. There were no documented cases of police using excessive force or protests being disrupted. Monitor partner - Red Latinoamericana y del Caribe por la Democracia - also consulted with Costa Rican civil society organisations that reported the government's willingness to engage in dialogue and enter into negotiations when protests or strikes take place.
Civic Space Developments