Freedom of information laws allow citizens constitutional and/or statutory right of access to records and files held by government agencies. More than 100 countries/regions in the world have various right to information legislations. United States Freedom of Information Act has long been regarded as a model for other countries to emulate. The law, however, is far less effective than many people might assume. United States was placed at 45th out of more than 100 countries and regions with access to information laws, according to a global ranking designed to assess effectiveness of freedom of information laws. The rating was made by Access Info Europe (AIE) and the Centre for Law and Democracy (CLD). The rating shows that United States received 89 points out of a possible total score of 150. The higher score, the better.
You can view the rating here. You can view the country data presented in bar chart here. The rating evaluates each country’s freedom of information law according to 61 indicators. Below is the screenshot of the bar chart.