Media in El Salvador push for transparency law

By Ingrid Bachmann

A group comprised of universities, media, and civil and press organizations that is promoting the Law of Transparency and Access to Public Information urged the Salvadoran legislature to approve in the short term "an effective law in accordance with international principles and best practices," reported El Mundo and El País.

The current bill has been subjected to various forums and analyses, and after months on hold, lawmakers resumed its study in June, added ElSalvador.com. Disagreements about the creation of a governing body for the law and the inclusion of political parties among the organizations that must make their bills public have stalled the debate, explained El Faro.

Even though President Mauricio Funes promised greater transparency in government, a recent study found that in the first year of his term, the presidential office was the least transparent in the administration. “There have been some noteworthy individual efforts, but not a policy of transparency," said Ricardo Vaquerano in another El Faro article.

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.