At its April spring meetings, the World Bank decided not to give press accreditation to Aidwatch – a blog linked to the New York University’s Development Research Institute – banning the site’s bloggers from access to the media briefing center. Aidwatch contributor Laura Freschi said: “I was shocked, actually, since the World Bank is usually ahead of the curve when it comes to technology and communication. I expected so much better.” The Bank has not explained its decision, but responded by forwarding to the Aidwatch bloggers the 2011 World Development Report, which at that time had not yet been released.
EarthRights International examines how the Jam v. IFC case has helped to shift the landscape of accountability for international financial institutions by successfully challenging their claim to “absolute” immunity in US courts, potentially opening IFC up to further legal challenges in future.
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