I sent FOIs to UK government departments – then they shared my personal data

Published on: 24 November 2020 Written by: Jenna Corderoy All articles by: Jenna Corderoy

openDemocracy reporter Jenna Corderoy on her personal experiences of trying to prise information from an increasingly resistant government.

Read now

Stop the secrecy: save our Freedom of Information

The UK government is running a secretive unit inside Michael Gove’s Cabinet Office that’s been accused of ‘blacklisting’ journalists and blocking the release of ‘sensitive’ information. Experts say they’re breaking the law – and it’s an assault on our right to know what our government is doing.

We’re not going to let it stand. We’re launching a legal battle – but we also need a huge public outcry, showing that thousands back our call for transparency. Will you add your name?

To: Michael Gove, Minister of State for the Cabinet Office

  • Come clean about the Clearing House.
  • Stop profiling journalists and blocking 'sensitive' requests.
  • Empower, fund and make the FOI regulator independent.

By giving your email address you consent to receive communications from openDemocracy.

Our report

This report looks at the issue of worsening access to information in government.


Audio available Bookmark Check Language Close Comments Download Facebook Link Email Newsletter Newsletter Play Print Share Twitter Youtube Search Instagram WhatsApp yourData