Freedom of information

Freedom of Information laws allow access by the general public to data held by government. The emergence of freedom of information legislation was a response to increasing dissatisfaction with the secrecy surrounding government policy development and decision making. In Mauritius, there is currently no freedom of information legislation. In 2005, the government pledged to enact a Freedom of Information Act but no legislation has yet been passed.

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Government is committed to conducting business on the principles of discipline, transparency, accountability and exemplary governance.

Mauritius Government Programme 2015-2019, Achieving Meaningful Change, point 8, addressed by The President of the Republic of Mauritius on 27 January 2015.

How should we get records from the Government or parastatal bodies?

Any citizen of Mauritius should be provided a right of access to many government, civil service and parastatal bodies records. These organisations should be able to disclose records upon receiving a written request for them, except for certain records that may be withheld from disclosure under a national security exemption. This right of access should have been enforceable in a court of law. In responding to these requests, Government should not release personal information, such as home address, telephone numbers, or email addresses of third party individuals, all of which should be protected from disclosure.

Should we need to file a written request to receive general information about the government, civil service and parastatal bodies?

No. We should find a great deal of information about them through their  websites and the government Portal.