This is just priceless. The Financial Times (subscription required) has a story today on draft rules for free information, the details of which the government is not disclosing to the public:
A meeting of China’s State Council, or cabinet, on Wednesday granted approval in principle to draft regulations on government information openness, the latest in a series of moves by leaders intended to make the communist state more transparent.
However, in a reflection of the likely limitations of the new regime, State Council officials on Thursday declined to offer any details of the draft rules or to say when such information might be made available.
… “There is a need for specialized regulation . . . to further promote and standardize work on information openness throughout the nation’s government,” the announcement said.
However, while the new rules may encourage bureaucrats to share more data with the public, there is little chance they will give citizens significant access to anything officials would prefer to keep private.