Press Gazette's Freedom of Information Campaign

Press Gazette is campaigning against Government proposals to place drastic curbs on the Freedom of Information Act.

We have interviewed Baroness Aston, the minister with responsibility for Freedom of Information, and she assured us that the Freedom of Information and Data Protection Regulations would not be forced through.

Introduction to our campaign

Sign our petition

THE PETITION

We, the undersigned, urge the Government not to undermine the effectiveness of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 by passing into law the Freedom of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations 2007.

According to the Government’s own independent review, the proposed changes will result in more than 17,000 FoI questions a year being rejected by local, regional and national public bodies on purely financial grounds, irrespective of the public interest.

We are particularly concerned that the rule changes will, according to the independent review, have a disproportionate effect on journalists and therefore undermine the vital role they play in British democracy.

To sign the petition, email your name, job title and the organisation you work for to: dontkillfoi@wilmington.co.uk. (email addresses will be treated confidentially)

To respond to the consultation write to:

Department for Constitutional Affairs
Information Rights Division
6.16 Selbourne House
54-60 Victoria Street
London SW1E 6QW.

(Remember to include your name, address, job title, the name of your organisation and whether or not you require acknowledgment of your response.)

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