The Freedom of Information (FOI) Act came into force in the UK a decade and a half ago. The act has proved a crucial tool for citizens to hold government, at all levels, to account. But FOI is under threat. Responses to FOI requests are at an all-time low, and openDemocracy has found that requests are being screened and blocked.
In this free live discussion, co-ordinated by the SOAS Influencing Corridors of Power project and openDemocracy, a panel of politicians and FOI experts will explore the challenges facing official transparency in the UK and ask what can be done to protect the public's right to know.
Lord Clark Former Cabinet Office minister responsible for producing the white paper that led to the Freedom of Information Act 2000
Jenna Corderoy Investigative reporter, openDemocracy
David Davis Conservative MP and former Brexit secretary
Peter Geoghegan Investigations editor, openDemocracy.
John McDonnell Labour MP and former shadow chancellor
Alison Scott-Baumann Project lead, SOAS Influencing Corridors of Power project
Michelle Stanistreet General secretary, National Union of Journalists
Ben Worthy Senior lecturer at Birkbeck, University of London, and author of 'The Politics of Freedom of Information'