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Well done the Independent. Who knows how its editor, Simon Kellner, decides what to put on the cover but today’s splash (‘What Freedom of Information’) is welcome (if about a fortnight late). It was on December 14 – a day that should become infamous in the annals of government information management – that Labour released its plans to reduce the scant freedom we currently enjoy to access information. This news battled for coverage with Stevens’ report on Diana, Blair’s interview by the police, Lord Goldsmith’s intervention in the BAE investigation, the closure of 2,500 post offices, and the announcement of new runways at Heathrow and Stansted. It lost.
So it’s very good to see its revival since these plans would, in the words of Michael Smyth of Clifford Chance “emasculate” the media. I hope other media organisations – the BBC included – will put the government under similar pressure to scrap these plans and make the current freedom of information machinery work more effectively.

Written by Martin Moore

December 28th, 2006 at 10:42 pm

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