México´s Right to know reforms, civil society perspectives

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Table of contents

Preface

Introduction

Transparency Reforms in Mexico: Theory and Practice

I. Electoral Procedures

Transparency in the Judicial Phase of the 2006 Elections

Diversity the Broadcast Media: A Pending Issue Made Worse During the Electoral Process

Transparency or Cynicism? The Federal Electoral Institute’s Role in the 2006 Presidential Election Process

A Conflict of Interest: Accountablity in the IFE

Transparency in Mexico’s Special Prosecutor for Electoral Crimes (Fepade)

II. Political Institutions

Proposals for Transparency in Congress

Political Parties and the Demand for Transparency

III. Justice and Rights

Transparency and Access to Information in the Judicial System

Police and Transparency: Beyond Access to Information

The Transparent Opacity of the Mexican Army

Transparency and the Public Prosecutor’s Office

Transparency in Labor Unions

Access to Information, Agrarian Justice and Indigenous Rights

The National Human Rights Commission

The Transparent Denial of Information

Access to Information and Justice for Indigenous Peoples

The Protection of Journalists and Freedom of the Press

The Legal Quality of Appeals Decisions of the Federal Institute for Access to Public Information (IFAI)

IV. Economic Policy

One Step Forward, Two Steps Back? Budget Transparency and Access to Information in Mexico

Legislators the Labyrinth: Discretion and Opacity in the Policy Debate over Mexico’s Budget

The Bailout of the Banking System: Transparency Issues

Opacity In The Management Of Public Resources: The Case of Government Trust Funds

The Lack of Transparency and Accoutability Mechanisms for Mexico’s Oil Income

Mexico’s Perspectives on Transparency in the World Bank and Inter-American Development Bank

V. Social Policy

Budget Transparency and Accountability in the social Development Ministry’s Anti-Poverty Programs

Transparency and Access to Information the Oportunidades Program

The Electoral Use of Federal Funds in the 2004 Oaxacan Elections

Transparency, Community Participation and Accountability in the Education System

Access to Medical Records

The Problem of Maternal Mortality: Access to Information and Accountability Put to the Test

Transparency in Mexico’s Budget for the Prevention and Treatment of HIV/AIDS

Accountability the Allocation and Use of Public Resources by Civil Society Organizations

Public Access to Mexico’s External Evaluations of Government Programs

Social Audit Mechanisms in Mexico

VI. Environmental Policy

Access to Environmental Information

Mexico’s Pollutant Release Registry: Taking Stock, Looking Ahead

Public Information Access and Water Issues

VII. States and Municipalities

The Right to Know at the State Level

The Missing Local Model

Municipal Transparency: Diverse and Changing. Some Ideas to Work With

VIII. Cross-Cutting Issues

Mexico’s Freedom of Information Law in International Perspective

Information, Archives and Democracy

Whistleblowers and the Rule of Law in Mexico

Access to Public Interest Information Generated by Private Firms: Old Strings Attached or New Paradigms?

Boxes

Index of Boxes

Electoral Opacity: The Ballot Case

Transparency and the Internet: The case of the Federal Electoral Court

Copying Six Files Costs More Than a Mercedes Benz

The Murder of Journalists in Mexico

The IFAI’s Appeals Resolutions Meet Legal Standards

The FESI in Guanajuato: A Step Forward, or More of the Same?

Publishing Enrollment Lists of Welfare Beneficiaries

Practicing the Principles of Transparancy and Accountability in the University of Quintana Roo

Optimizing Transparency and the Challenge Facing the IFAI: Making the Principle of Maximum Possible Disclosure Effective in Environmental Issues

The “Access Initiative” in Mexico… and Latin America

IFAI Requests Are Only As Good the Rest of the Regulatory System: What Happens When the Information Just Isn’t There?

Case Study: The Legal Defense of Communities that Oppose the Construction of the “Parota” Dam

Access to Public Information in the Mexico City Government

Transparency in the Mexican State of Coahuila

Guerrero Grassroots Organizations Call for Transparency Reforms

Guadalajara and San Pedro Garza García: Examples of High Levels of Municipal Transparency

In Oaxaca, the Publication of the State Budget Does Not Assure Citizen Access to the Information

Constitutional Provisions and Legal Action Related to Access to information in Selected Countries in the Americas

If You Demand Transparency, They Might Come After You: Mexican Government Employees Need Whistleblower Protection

Fraud in the National Disaster Fund

Notes on the Authors

Notes on the authors