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Throughout world, right-to-know laws mostly ignored

Published 11/17/2011, AP National Writer

The promise is magnificent: More than 5.3 billion people in more than 100 countries now have the right — on paper — to know the truth about what their government is doing behind closed doors. The reality: More than half the countries with such laws do not follow them, and even when do, the information unearthed can be at best useless -- and, at worst, deadly.

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