MoD refuses 5 percent of journalists' FOI requests

Journalists’ Freedom of Information Act requests to the Ministry of Defense were at least partially answered in 37 per cent of cases, but refused 5.6 per cent of cases in full since the Act came into force in 2005.

Requests from individuals who identified themselves to the MoD as members of the media accounted for 1 per cent of requests that the MoD refused in full, more than those from members of Parliament, businesses or academics.

However, media requesters also accounted for more successful requests than any of the other groups, at 6.6 per cent of all requests answered in full or in part.

The figures were revealed this week by junior defense minister Derek Twigg in response to a Parliamentary question.

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