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Rule restricting access to public information is suspended

26/03/2020

Justice Alexandre de Moraes, of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court (STF), granted an injunction in Direct Unconstitutionality Action (ADI) 6351 to suspend the effectiveness of article 6-B of Law 13,979/2020, included by Provisional Measure 928/2020, which limited access to information provided by public agencies during the public health emergency decreed because of the new coronavirus pandemic (Covid-19). The injunction will be submitted to a referendum of the STF Plenary.

The provision determines priority attention to requests under the Access to Information Law (Law 12.527/2011) related to measures to confront the pandemic and suspends the deadlines for responding to requests addressed to agencies whose servers are quarantined, teleworking or equivalent and who depend on a public agent or sector involved in combating the disease. It also provides that no appeals will be accepted against a negative response to a request for information.

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