They've signed. Have you?

In five days time, official consultation closes on Government proposals to drastically restrict the Freedom of Information regime.

So far, more than 100 of Britain’s most powerful editors and a total of 1,200 journalists have signed Press Gazette’s petition condemning the proposals.

And the pressure began to tell this week as leading editors, who met Baroness Ashton, revealed a new sense that the Government is “looking for a way out”

over proposals which it now realises are universally opposed by UK journalists.

Press Gazette’s online petition closes at 9am on Monday. To add your voice, email you name, job title and organisation to dontkillfoi@ wilmington.co.uk

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Tina Weaver, Sunday Mirror editor; Ian Murray, Southern Daily Echo editor-inchief; Brian Aitken, editor, The Journal, Newcastle; Bill Hagerty, British Journalism Review editor; Murray Morse, Cambridge Evening News editor; Michael Beard, editor, The Argus, Brighton; Sam Holliday, Bath Chronicle editor; Alan Kirby, Coventry Telegraph editor; Jean Morgan MBE; Nigel Pickover, editor, Evening Star, Ipswich; Ben Leapman, Sunday Telegraph home affairs correspondent; Tony Collins, executive editor, Computer Weekly; Mike Dodds, editor, Media Lawyer; Geoff Martin, Ham and High editor; John Witherow, Sunday Times editor; Marc Astley, editor, Express and Echo, Exeter; Veronica Wadley, Evening Standard editor; Neal Butterworth, editor, Daily Echo, Bournemouth; Neil Wallis, News of the World deputy editor; Patience Wheatcroft, editor, Sunday Telegraph; Paul Dacre, Daily Mail editor; Paul Napier, Yorkshire Evening Post editor; Robert Thomson, The Times editor; Neil Hodgkinson, editorial director, Cumbrian Newspapers; Roger Alton, editor, The Observer; Roy Greenslade, commentator, Media Guardian; Simon Irwin, Kent Messenger Group editorial director; Steve Dyson, Birmingham Mail editor; Trevor Kavanagh, associate editor, The Sun; Heather Brooke, author, Your Right to Know; Peter Charlton, Yorkshire Post editor; John Kampfner, New Statesman editor; Alan Rusbridger, Guardian editor; Mike Lowe, editor-in-chief, Arcant Life; Jeremy Dear, general secretary, NUJ; Will Lewis, Telegraph editor.

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