The Commission set up to examine the workings of the Freedom of Information (FoI) Act has dropped plans to anonymise evidence it cites in its final report.
By William Turvill 20 November 7:18
A Press Gazette investigation has raised questions over claims the Freedom of Information Act places an unreasonable "burden" on local councils.
41,000 signatures, 400 pages of evidence: Press Gazette submission urges Government not to weaken FoIBy Dominic Ponsford 19 November 16:45
Press Gazette has submitted this letter, as well as the 41,000 signatures gathered so far to our petition and 400 pages detailing the reasons peoplee have given for backing the campaign. We will be keeping the petition, which is addressed to minister Matthew Hancock, open until the issue has been resolved.
Hands Off FoI: Information Commissioner urges Government not to introduce fees and praises role of the mediaBy William Turvill 18 November 8:51
The Information Commissioner’s Office has said the “the current checks and balances” in Freedom of Information legislation are “sufficient”. In a submission to the Independent Commission on Freedom of Information, the data watchdog also stated that introducing FoI flat rate fees would be “disproportionate”.
By Dominic Ponsford 12 November 10:06
The Oxford Mail today devoted 15 pages of coverage to a special edition aboutt the campaign to preserve the Freedom of Information Act.
By Dominic Ponsford 10 November 9:13
Press Association has warned that Government could create an unconstitutional “divine right of ministers” if it extends their power to veto the release of information under the Freedom of Information Act.
Daily Mail attacks curbs on FoI as it uses 6,000-plus requests to reveal 'greed of public sector fat cats'By Dominic Ponsford 09 November 9:03
The Daily Mail warned that a lengthy investigation exposing ‘the greed of public sector fat cats’ might not be possible in future if the Government weakens the Freedom of Information Act.
By Dominic Ponsford 06 November 14:07
More than 10,000 have now signed Press Gazette petition urging the Government not to weaken the Freedom of Information Act. The petition was launched as part of the Society of Editors’ Hands Off FoI campaign following the creation of the Government’s Independent Commission on Freedom of Information.
By William Turvill 02 November 11:07
Half of civil servants support introducing fees for Freedom of Information, according to the findings of a new survey.
Minister Chris Grayling: FoI misused 'as a research tool to generate stories for the media... that isn't acceptable'By William Turvill and Press Association 29 October 14:38
Commons Leader Chris Grayling criticised journalists for using the Freedom of Information Act as a "research tool" and said it should be used for "those who want to understand why and how Government is taking decisions".
Labour deputy leader Tom Watson shares 'concerns' over FoI Commission - and calls for Act to be 'strengthened'By William Turvill 29 October 10:28
In a letter to the Society of Editors, Watson (pictured right with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, Reuters) said the Labour Party “shares some of your concerns about what the consultation could mean for the Act”.
By PA Mediapoint 28 October 17:26
Government Freedom of Information Commission condemned over plan to keep secret names of those providing evidenceBy William Turvill 27 October 16:48
The Campaign for Freedom of Information has written to Lord Burns, chair of the commission, to express concern over the fact that the call for evidence states: "Contributions to the consultation will be anonymised if they are quoted."
3,400 local council PRs, the cost of Elveden and BBC email spying to find leakers: What Press Gazette knows because of FoIBy William Turvill 27 October 14:56
These are just a few of the stories Press Gazette has exposed as a result of the Freedom of Information Act.
By William Turvill 26 October 13:42
The deputy leader of the Labour Party has backed a campaign to protect the Freedom of Information Act.
By William Turvill 22 October 16:41
Part of the Hands Off FoI campaign, led by the Society of Editors, Press Gazette and Holdthefrontpage, the petition urges Cabinet Office minister Matthew Hancock MP not to allow the FoI Act to be weakened.
Press Gazette launches petition to stop charges for FoI requests which would be a 'tax on journalism'By Dominic Ponsford 21 October 16:56
Press Gazette has today launched a petition urging the Government to back away from a bid to water down the Freedom of Information Act.
By Dominic Ponsford 19 October 16:30
Press Gazette is backing a campaign to stop the Government placing new controls on the Freedom of Information Act.
By William Turvill 13 October 14:02
Proposals to charge for Freedom of Information Act requests have been condemned by campaigners after Press Gazette research found central Government departments spend less than £6m a year answering FoI questions.
Government commission mulls charges for FoI requests, strengthening ministerial veto and more exemptionsBy Dominic Ponsford 09 October 16:27
Charges for Freedom of Information requests are beeing considered by an independent commission established by the Government to review the Freedom of Information Act.
PG tally of 220 BBC media contacts was derided as 'fantasy' - but FoI answer says 241 in communications 'family'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.