"As 2011 draws to a close in Brazil with the usual fervent New Year's Eve celebrations, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff is marking a year in office.

She enjoys continued high approval ratings but has lost six ministers amid corruption allegations, which they all deny.

Amid the upheavals in her cabinet, President Rousseff's first 12 months also saw her sign into law a new freedom of information bill.

With the legislation due to come into force in May, state officials and organisations are rushing to comply with its demands.

The Access to Information Law enshrines in the constitution people's right to request information, for example how public bodies use public money, and receive a prompt response.

However, a growing online movement is already providing tools and resources for people to use to seek information and tackle the perennial problem of official corruption in Brazil."


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