Ex president continues to delay Senate passage of information access law in Brazil

Fernando Collor de Mello, an impeached ex president and current senator, has once again ruined the government’s plan to quickly pass a law regulating access to classified documents, iG reports.

While the administration had already extended its deadline from May 3 to May 18 due to pressure from Collor, there are now concerns that the changes made by the Senate will require the bill to be passed by the lower chamber a second time. Collor, from his seat in the Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee, now wants 15 more days to negotiate additional amendments.

Among the controversial features in the bill is a change to the length of time a document may be classified. Currently top secret materials can be kept classified for 30 years with indefinite renewals, while the bill changes that a 25 year period that can be renewed only once.

Note from the editor: This story was originally published by the Knight Center’s blog Journalism in the Americas, the predecessor of LatAm Journalism Review.