New Zealand Releases A Few ACTA Documents
August 6, 2008
Mark Harris filed a request with the New Zealand Ministry of Economic Development (MED) to release all documents pertaining to the ongoing ACTA negotiations.
Here’s what happened:
The Ministry of Economic Development has released just 13 out of 91 documents relating to its negotiation of a controversial international Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) after an official information request.
Consultant Mark Harris made a request for “any and all information” the MED holds on ACTA. In response, MED identified 91 documents falling within the ambit of the request. The department has supplied Harris with just 13 of these and some parts of most of have been withheld.
The disclosure was mostly denied because it is considered likely to “prejudice the entrusting of information to the Government of New Zealand on a basis of confidence by the government of any other country or any agency of such a government.”
I haven’t had a chance to look through the docs yet, but it will be very interesting to find out if there’s any new information.
The real question, of course, is what’s in the rest of those 91 documents and why can’t the negotiating parties be transparent about this process?