President Dilma Rousseff has not been shy about sacking ministers accused of corruption, but with no freedom of information law, progress will be limited.
Brazil’s long-awaited freedom of information law is once again under threat.
Senator and disgraced ex-President Fernando Collor, who was impeached in 1992 by the very Senate he now serves, has proposed radical revisions to the freedom of information bill 41/2010.
These changes constitute a clear affront to President Dilma Rousseff, who has supported passage of the measure, to the Chamber of Deputies, which approved the bill in 2010, and to the three Senate committees that have already endorsed the measure in 2011.
As Chair of the Committee on Foreign Relations and National Defense, Mr. Collor holds a powerful position in the Senate. But the amendments proposed are so retrograde that Collor should hardly be taken seriously.
A freedom of information law is viewed to be one of the principal pillars of transparency and social accountability needed to better combat endemic corruption in Brazil.
Given Senator Collor’s intent, the freedom of information bill will almost certainly forfeit normal legislative procedure.