Campaign to amened 'puny' Freedom of Information law

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The NUJ is to look into drawing up a campaign for a number of amendments to the Freedom of Information Act to be brought in through a Private Members Bill.

The union seeks amendments to restrictions on information about national security and prohibitions in place due to the Enterprises Act 2002 among others.

It calls for the Information Commissioner to be independent of central Government and to be made to report to Parliament.

The ADM condemned the Government’s ongoing proposals to water down the Act, with the Freedom ofInformation and Data Protection Regulations which are currently under consultation, and urged the union’s National Executive Council to continue to support theCampaign for Freedom of Information.

Author of Your Right to Know, Heather Brooke, said: “We must fight against the Government’s plans. This might be a bit controversial but I worked as a reporter in America, and even in the dark days of today under president Bush, my American colleagues would be shocked about how little information here a reporter can get.

“It is unbelievable that you can’t just walk into police stations and get incident reports and court records. We are hobbling along grateful for the crutch of a very puny Freedom of Information Act.”

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