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Global Corruption Report 2003: Access to Information

The 2003 edition of the Global Corruption Report focuses on the need for greater access to information in the struggle against corruption. It explores how civil society, the public and private sectors and the media use and control information to combat – or conceal – corruption. The Global Corruption Report 2003 includes expert reports and features on access to information; an assessment of the state of corruption around the world in 16 regional reports; detailed explorations of national corruption topics from a local perspective; a diverse selection of the latest corruption-related data and research; and special contributions by renowned prosecutor Eva Joly and Interpol Secretary General Ron Noble.


  • pp. 3–4 Nigerians have not yet seen the return of funds stolen by the late dictator Sani Abacha as Abacha's son stopped short of signing the relevant agreement.
  • p. 106 Fernando Henrique Cardoso served as president of Brazil for two four-year terms: 1995-1998 and 1998-2002.
  • p. 111 Poder Ciudadano also runs the 'Visible Candidates' project, which provides a complete profile of congressional election candidates and their campaign finances. Similar programmes operate in Argentina, Colombia, Ecuador and Panama, encouraging candidates to issue statements about their financial history, campaign financing, political record and policies.
  • p. 185 Clarification: In the chapter Central and Eastern Europe and the Baltic states, it was stated that:

  • "In August 2001, the Slovak finance ministry asked the public procurement office to stop the tender for an information system for the state treasury. The ministry filed a lawsuit because - according to the indictment - an employee of the firm Siemens had allegedly offered a bribe to the chairman of the commission deciding the bids. The employee allegedly offered the tender's chairman a bribe of 1.5 million crowns (US $30,000)."

    The above information is correct, but subsequently, on 8 September 2003, the Criminal Court in Bratislava, Slovakia, announced a verdict acquitting the Siemens employee of the charges. The ministry did not appeal against the verdict.