Information is not exempted by the RAI Act if the public interest in accessing the information outweighs the harm which the exemption seeks to prevent.
Disclosure by a public Authority of the following information is exempted by this Act, consistent with international best practices :
Information is reasonably accessible to the applicant e.g. published.
Adversely affect National Security and the Defense of Sierra Leone
Seriously prejudice relations between Sierra Leone and other states or inter-governmental bodies.
Seriously prejudices the ability of the Government to manage the economy
Seriously prejudice the prevention and detection of crime, the apprehension and prosecution of offenders or matters that are subjudice
Could constitute a breach of confidence of third parties actionable by them.
Legally privileged information.
A trade secret or commercial interest obtained by the public authority from a third party.
Seriously prejudice the commercial interests of a public authority.
A certified ongoing need for historical records to be kept confidential.
Any matter concerning the traditional rights or customary usage of a group of people in Sierra Leone.
Information which is exempted by this Act , but part of a general record, not exempted