Morocco: Second Draft Law on the Right of Access to Information

In September 2013, ARTICLE 19 examined the Draft Law No 31.13 on the Right of Access to Information of Morocco (Draft Law). This is the second time in less than six months that ARTICLE 19 has analysed draft legislation on the right to information from Morocco. In April 2013, ARTICLE 19 published its analysis of an earlier version of the Draft Law, which spotlighted major weaknesses in the proposed legislation.
Yet, as reflected by this analysis, our recommendations have not been comprehensively heeded in the preparation of the Draft Law. Indeed, notwithstanding a number of positive changes to the provisions (such as the removal of the nationality requirement to exercise the right to information), the Draft Law remains fatally flawed for various reasons, most notably due to the continued adherence to an overbroad system of exceptions.