The Blair Government’s long-promised Freedom of Information Act
finally came into force on January 1, four years after receiving the
For all its numerous exemptions and get-outs it enshrines in law for
the first time the public’s right to know. Obstructive press officers
and politicians until January 1 had to be just dismissed as a nuisance.
Now the tables may have been turned – obstructing a freedom of
information request is against the law.
FOI covers more than 100,000 public bodies and looks set to be a
potentially limitless source of stories.
But if journalists are to make the most of FOI they need to be least as
well briefed as the public officials they are dealing with.
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