July 31 — A report from China Newsweekly magazine, which has offered continued coverage of the ordinance since May, suggested party leaders are (as is to be expected) less than enthusiastic about the prospect of greater public scrutiny. Since China’s National Ordinance on Openness of Government Information, or xinxi gongkai tiaoli (政府信息公开条例), took effect back on May 1 this year, domestic media say the government has faced a “wave” of formal information requests from aggrieved and inquisitive citizens. Chinese media have been using the ordinance to push the topic of information openness as well as related issues like freedom of expression.

David Bandurski

CMP Director

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