Offentlighedsloven - Afvæbning af den fjerde statsmagt? The Danish Public Administration Files Act - Disarmament of the fourth estate?

Morten Madsen, Anja Hauge, Christoffer Dahl & Adnan Ibrahim Al-Adhami

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


This paper examines the effect of the 2013 Access to Public Administration Files Act on journalists’ ability to control the public administration and the democratic consequences of the law. To answer this question, the study utilizes four interviews - two civil servants and two journalists. The analysis is divided into two section: The first examines how the law is used in practice, while the second section examines the law’s impact on legitimacy and transparency in the public administration. It is concluded that, by restricting the public’s access to internal documents, the 2013 Access to Public Administration Files Act has had a detrimental impact on the journalist capacity to control the administration, and whether the legislative process is legitimate and legal. This is largely due to a number of legal provisions, especially § 24. By limiting the transparency, the law has had a negative influence on the democratic process, as it restricts the public’s ability to stay informed, and thereby maintain control on the government.

UddannelserPolitik og Administration, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat
Udgivelsesdato24 maj 2016
VejledereBent Eisenreich


  • Journalistik
  • Offentlighedsloven
  • Demokrati
  • Legitimitet
  • Deliberativt demokrati
  • Tranparens