Saturday, 10 October 2015

FoI hit squad

The Independent's editorial today weighs in against the Conservative government's committee to review the working of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. The committee certainly includes people who have expressed their opposition to transparency of government in the past. It is rather like the SMMT being given the chance to review vehicle emissions legislation. It could lead to the paradoxical situation of the government resisting attempts to protect the privacy of the citizen, in the cause of anti-terrorism, while making sure that the citizen cannot check the working of government.

One might think that the only objectors to the government review of the FoI Act are all the usual lefty suspects, but examination of the signatories to Index On Censorship's letter of objection reveals such supporters of the Establishment as Sky News, Daily Telegraph, the Daily Mail and the Mail On Sunday.

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