Rating CIVICUS | Obstructed
On March 23, President Jair Bolsonaro issued a provisional measure putting on hold the country’s access to public information law in removing deadlines for responding to information requests that do not relate to the health crisis. However, three days after taking effect the Federal Supreme Court (STF), following an appeal from the College of Lawyers, suspended the measure. STF Minister Alexandre de Moraes said the move was “intended to transform exceptions into the rule, eliminating …the principles of publicity and transparency”. “Except in exceptional circumstances, the Public Administration has the duty of absolute transparency,” he added.