UNESCO to hold conference on freedom of information policy in Brazil

On July 7 and 8, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and Brazil’s Office of the Comptroller General (CGU) will hold a seminar on policies regulating access to public information in Brasília.

The event will focus on the country's lack of an information access law, even though the Brazilian constitution guarantees freedom of information. Presenters will discuss how other countries regulate transparency and public information issues.

The goal of the meeting is to help the government develop strategies and adopt best practices to promote efficient information access. Among the participants are John Wonderlich, policy director at the US-based Sunlight FoundationMóises Sánchez, the executive director of Chile’s Pro Access Foundation; and María Elena Pérez-Jaén Zermeño, a commissioner at Mexico’s Federal Institute for Access to Public Information (IFAI).

See the full program in Portuguese here. To register for the event, see the conference website.

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.