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The most up-to-date information on access to information and other free-expression laws in South America's Andean region is now available, thanks to a new study launched by the Andean Commission of Jurists (Comision Andina de Juristas, CAJ).

Entitled "Freedom of Expression and Access to Public Information," the study provides an overview of the various laws and mechanisms that protect freedom of expression in Bolivia, Colombia, Chile, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela. This includes access to information laws.

The study examines three issues of particular concern in the region: murders and attacks on journalists; the effect of "desacato" or insult laws; and state censorship of films.

CAJ is a private, international organization whose aim is to strengthen and promote democratic institutions and human rights in the Andean region.

To order a copy of the study, e-mail CAJ:
[email protected].

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