Freedom of Information

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.
By William Turvill 05 February 12:32
The Metropolitan Police has revealed that its decision to reject a "vexatious" Press Gazette Freedom of Information request was prompted by guidance from the Association of Chief Police Officers.
By William Turvill 03 February 12:00
The Metropolitan Police has barred Press Gazette from requesting information about its use of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act to spy on journalists.
By Guy Basnett and Paul McNamara 02 February 16:13
Imagine somewhere in the vaults of Government buildings, the offices of an NHS hospital, or the custody suite of a police station lies information that you’d like to see. Well, you can - this is the Freedom of Information (FoI) Act.
By Dominic Ponsford 16 January 11:41
The Campaign for Freedom of Information warned last night that the FoI Act remains under constant attack from government.
By Charlotte Wace 16 January 8:17
According to official figures, some 400,000 FoI requests have been made to date, with the Act helping bring about the disclosure of MPs' expenses and the publication of individual cardiac surgeons' death rates.
By William Turvill 05 January 10:53
Between January 2013 and November 2014, there were 6,766 vacancies at the corporation, with 3,498 – 51.7 per cent – publicly promoted.
By William Turvill 04 December 11:26
Press Gazette has discovered a sharp increase in police investigations into media leaks during the Leveson Inquiry.
By PA Media Lawyer 01 December 11:07
Kennedy and the newspaper have been fighting to obtain records of the Charity Commission's investigation into the Mariam Appeal, a fund set up by MP George Galloway to ensure that Iraqi children had access to medical help.
By William Turvill 10 November 11:19
Documents obtained by Press Gazette reveal that the Association of Chief Police Officers scuppered Freedom of Information requests sent by this title to every title police force in the country by issuing blanket guidance.
By PA Media Lawyer 06 August 9:40
An information tribunal has ruled that the councillors being identified in the Bolton News "could potentially cause unnecessary and unjustified damage".
George Galloway (Reuters)
By Dominic Ponsford 26 March 17:13
A Supreme Court victory for The Times in its seven-year battle to access secret Charity Commission files about George Galloway’s Mariam Appeal for Iraq could “blow open” the UK Freedom of Information Act.
By Press Gazette 26 March 15:01
Media lawyers have welcomed an "important development" in the right to access information from public authorities, after a seven-year legal battle by a Times journalist.
By Press Gazette 20 March 13:09
The justice minister Simon Hughes has confirmed that the government will carry out two consultations on the Freedom of Information Act later this year.
By Ayub Nouinou 03 March 16:59
Over 80 members of staff employed by the BBC are still receiving at least £150,000 in annual salaries, according to the Sunday Times. These revelations have provoked accusations against the new director-general that he will fail to meet the promises to diminish excessive pay at the broadcasting corporation.