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Editor: Donald C. Clarke
George Washington University Law School

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Lawyer loses freedom-of-information case; will appeal

I recently blogged here about a freedom-of-information lawsuit against the Anhui provincial government. Caijing reports that the plaintiff lost. He plans to appeal.

According to the report, the court held that the information sought by the plaintiff was not within the scope of the information covered by the State Council's Regulations on Open Government Information, because among other things the information related to an administrative reconsideration proceeding that was still underway. This seems a bit hard on the plaintiff, since he was complaining among other things about the indefinite suspension of the reconsideration proceeding, and claiming in effect that the reasons offered for the suspension were spurious.

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