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Flying Dragon Seeking Freedom of Information: A Critique of Chinese OGI Regulations
Unformatted Document Text:  The government provided these professors a partial response and declined to release the financial portion of requested information, claiming that such information ―shall be exempted from disclosure‖ in accordance with the OGI Regulations. 93 Five of the requestors eventually sued the Xiangtan City Government, accusing the government of violating the OGI Regulations. Whether the local court accepted the case and whether those professors ultimately received the requested information remains unknown. However, th e professors’ efforts served as a good deterrent against corruption because of the widespread media attention it drew. The local government subsequently held a hearing on the toll fee issue and announced that toll stations on the three brides would be dismantled as of Jan. 1, 2009. 94 Patterns in Case Law Based on the aforementioned case analysis, we can see some encouraging developments in information seeking in China. First, ordinary citizens show tremendous enthusiasm with the freedom of information law and their legal right of access to government-held information. Most information seekers in China are Agency, June 6, 2008.< http://politics.people.com.cn/GB/7349449.html > .(last visited 03/31/2011). 93 Wenjie Liu, 《湖南湘潭大学五博士状告政府 要求公开收费信息》 [Five Professors with PhD Degree in Law from Hunan’s Xiangtan University Sue the Government Requesting Information about Administrative Fees], Xinhua News Agency, June 6, 2008.< http://politics.people.com.cn/GB/7349449.html > .(last visited 03/31/2011). 94 《湘潭一、二、三大桥收费站将于明年元月撤除》 [Three Toll Stations on Xiangtan Bridges Expected to be Dismantled as of January 1, 2009] , September 16, 2008. < http://www.xiangtan.gov.cn/china_xiangtan/jrxt/jrxt_detail.jsp?ID=66092100000 0000000,7225 > .(last visited 03/31/2011).

Authors: Tang, Yong. and Martin, Halstuk.
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The government provided these professors a partial response and declined 
to release the financial portion of requested information, claiming that such 
information ―shall be exempted from disclosure‖ in accordance with the OGI 
Regulations.
93
 Five of the requestors eventually sued the Xiangtan City 
Government, accusing the government of violating the OGI Regulations. Whether 
the local court accepted the case and whether those professors ultimately 
received the requested information remains unknown. However, th
e professors’ 
efforts served as a good deterrent against corruption because of the widespread 
media attention it drew. The local government subsequently held a hearing on 
the toll fee issue and announced that toll stations on the three brides would be 
dismantled as of Jan. 1, 2009.
94
 
Patterns in Case Law 
Based on the aforementioned case analysis, we can see some encouraging 
developments in information seeking in China. First, ordinary citizens show 
tremendous enthusiasm with the freedom of information law and their legal right 
of access to government-held information. Most information seekers in China are 
                                                                                                                                                              
Agency, June 6, 2008.<
.(last 
visited 03/31/2011). 
93
 Wenjie Liu,
《湖南湘潭大学五博士状告政府
 
要求公开收费信息》
[Five 
Professors with PhD Degree in Law from Hunan’s Xiangtan University Sue the 
Government Requesting Information about Administrative Fees], Xinhua News 
Agency, June 6, 2008.<
.(last 
visited 03/31/2011). 
94
 
《湘潭一、二、三大桥收费站将于明年元月撤除》
 [Three Toll Stations on 
Xiangtan Bridges Expected to be Dismantled as of January 1, 2009] , September 
16, 2008. 
<
.(last visited 03/31/2011). 


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