British government slammed by regulator over ‘unacceptable’ FOI failures

Published on: 10 February 2021 Written by: Jenna Corderoy All articles by: Jenna Corderoy Written by: Peter Geoghegan All articles by: Peter Geoghegan

Stinging criticism of Gove’s Cabinet Office laid bare in new openDemocracy analysis. Tory MP calls for ‘investigation, without delay’

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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.

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