German Student Tries To Use FOI Law To His Advantage Germany, like the U.S., has freedom of information laws. A German student used the law to request access to his final exam — before the test date. He's not likely to succeed.

German Student Tries To Use FOI Law To His Advantage

German Student Tries To Use FOI Law To His Advantage

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Germany, like the U.S., has freedom of information laws. A German student used the law to request access to his final exam — before the test date. He's not likely to succeed.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep with a story of the public's right to know. Germany, like the U.S., has freedom of information laws. The government is not supposed to keep secrets without a good reason. A German student used his state's law to request access to his final exam before the test date. The Guardian reports that he is not likely to succeed because the state can say no. But German officials are promising an answer by the deadline, April 21. It's MORNING EDITION.

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