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Flying Dragon Seeking Freedom of Information: A Critique of Chinese OGI Regulations
Unformatted Document Text:  Jianguo Xu was lucky. In October 2008, just five months after the enactment of the OGI Regulations, he defeated the powerful government in an OGI lawsuit. This is the first lawsuit in the country’s history in which an OGI case was publicly decided through regular court procedure and the plaintiff finally prevailed. 77 Janguo Xu came from Huangzhou District, Huanggang City, Hubei Province and currently lives and works in Beijing. He was planning to buy a motorcycle in his hometown. He didn’t know how such vehicle was regulated by the law. Then he filed a written OGI request on May 1, 2008 to the Huangzhou District Transportation Bureau, asking the agency to release relevant regulatory information, including how the motorcycle could be registered, how much fees shall be paid and what penalties are involved if the motorcycle driver violates the regulatory rules. However, 15 business days after receiving the request, the agency did not respond to the written request at all. 78 Represented by the Wuhan University Center for Protecting Disadvantaged Persons, Jianguo Xu brought the transportation bureau to court, accusing the agency of failing to comply with the OGI Regulations. Huangzhou District Court 77 Chaoxin Zhu, 《信息公开案政府首败诉 律师诉交通局不作为胜诉》 [First Case of Government Losing OGI Lawsuit; Lawyer Defeats Transportation Bureau for nonfeasance], The Beijing News, October 10, 2008. < http://www.chinanews.com.cn/sh/news/2008/10-10/1407166.shtml >.(last visited 03/31/2011). 78 Chaoxin Zhu, 《信息公开案政府首败诉 律师诉交通局不作为胜诉》 [First Case of Government Losing OGI Lawsuit; Lawyer Defeats Transportation Bureau for nonfeasance], The Beijing News, October 10, 2008. < http://www.chinanews.com.cn/sh/news/2008/10-10/1407166.shtml > .(last visited 03/31/2011).

Authors: Tang, Yong. and Martin, Halstuk.
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Jianguo Xu was lucky. In October 2008, just five months after the enactment 
of the OGI Regulations, he defeated the powerful government in an OGI lawsuit. 
This is the first lawsuit in the country’s history in which an OGI case was publicly 
decided through regular court procedure and the plaintiff finally prevailed.
77
 
Janguo Xu came from Huangzhou District, Huanggang City, Hubei Province 
and currently lives and works in Beijing. He was planning to buy a motorcycle in 
his hometown. He didn’t know how such vehicle was regulated by the law.
 Then 
he filed a written OGI request on May 1, 2008 to the Huangzhou District 
Transportation Bureau, asking the agency to release relevant regulatory 
information, including how the motorcycle could be registered, how much fees 
shall be paid and what penalties are involved if the motorcycle driver violates the 
regulatory rules. However, 15 business days after receiving the request, the 
agency did not respond to the written request at all.
78
 
Represented by the Wuhan University Center for Protecting Disadvantaged 
Persons, Jianguo Xu brought the transportation bureau to court, accusing the 
agency of failing to comply with the OGI Regulations. Huangzhou District Court 
                                                      
77
 Chaoxin Zhu,
《信息公开案政府首败诉
 
律师诉交通局不作为胜诉》
 [First Case 
of Government Losing OGI Lawsuit; Lawyer Defeats Transportation Bureau for 
nonfeasance], The Beijing News, October 10, 2008. 
<
>.(last visited 
03/31/2011). 
 
78
 Chaoxin Zhu,
《信息公开案政府首败诉
 
律师诉交通局不作为胜诉》
 [First Case 
of Government Losing OGI Lawsuit; Lawyer Defeats Transportation Bureau for 
nonfeasance], The Beijing News, October 10, 2008. 
<
.(last visited 
03/31/2011). 
 


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