Freedom of Information

By Axegrinder 30 September 16:36
Readers of Press Gazette will know we have an interest in keeping tabs on the size of the BBC's PR operation: see here and here.
By Dominic Ponsford 24 September 18:25
The Information Commissioner’s Office has released the names of 115 journalists who paid a private detective for information.
By William Turvill 22 July 10:27
Like Press Gazette, Matt Burgess, the author of a book on FoI, asked the Met to disclose the information it had given to the Interception of Communications Commissioner's Office for its inquiry into police spying on journalists' phone records under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act.
By Dominic Ponsford 20 July 8:12
A Government panel to review the Freedom of Information Act has been seen as "a major attack on the public's right to know".
By PA Media Lawyer 17 July 9:21
A London borough's reasons for rejecting a Freedom of Information request for draft statements prepared in case media organisations raised certain issues were not reasonable, the Information Commissioner has found.
By Matt Burgess 13 July 10:00
The Freedom of Information Act creates the potential for a better quality of journalism.
By William Turvill 09 July 10:08
Earlier this week, the force was told by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) that it could not rely on a section 14(1) exemption to refuse an FoI from the Oxford Mail asking about its use of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act to obtain journalistic phone records.
By Rory Tingle 01 July 4:46
Experts in journalism and media law have criticised proposed changes to the Freedom of Information Act.
By William Turvill 25 June 12:03
Earlier this week, campaigners claimed that proposals from Justice Secretary Michael Gove would "significantly restrict" the act.
By William Turvill and Press Association 23 June 16:20
It emerged yesterday that the Government plans to make sure confidential advice given to ministers by civil servants is protected from publication.
By William Turvill 10 June 8:43
A lawyer handling Press Gazette's bid to make police disclose how many times they have accessed journalists' phone records has pledged to take the case as far as the European Court of Human Rights if necessary.
By William Turvill 28 May 12:22
Press Gazette has formally challenged police refusal to disclose information about the seizure of journalistic phone records.
By William Turvill 14 May 15:07
Guardian media blogger Roy Greenslade has criticised rivals for failing to “congratulate” his newspaper for its ten-year Freedom of Information battle for the release of the Prince Charles “black spider” memos.
By PA Mediapoint 13 May 9:29
Secret letters sent by the Prince of Wales to government ministers will be published today following a ruling by the UK's highest court.
By Cleland Thom 18 April 12:01
Tom Wall's legal victory over the Ministry of Justice and the Information Commissioner is as worrying as it is remarkable.
By Dominic Ponsford 26 March 10:30
The Guardian has won a 10-year legal battle which could force the Government to release letters sent from Prince Charles to ministers. The Supreme Court has upheld a decision made by the Court of Appeal last year which said former Attorney General Dominic Grieve had “no good reason” for using his ministerial veto to block the release of the letters.
By William Turvill 18 March 12:50
The Oxford Mail has become the latest news organisation to be branded “vexatious” for asking questions about the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act.
By William Turvill and Dominic Ponsford 27 February 12:35
Guido Fawkes has been accused of “working collectively” with Press Gazette after attempting to find out, under the Freedom of Information Act, whether its staff’s telephone records had been secretly obtained by the Metropolitan Police under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act.
By Emilio Casalicchio 06 February 12:36
Talks are underway to ensure that private companies providing public services have freedom of information responsibilities written in to their contracts.
By William Turvill 06 February 9:58
The Information Commissioner's Office has ruled that the BBC does not have to disclose how on-screen staff are recruited.