Freedom of Information

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.
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.