UK government running ‘Orwellian’ unit to block release of ‘sensitive’ information

The UK government is running a secret "clearing house" for freedom of information requests that is used to coordinate which information to release and to whom, according to a new report. The unit shares information on journalists and organisations making requests, leading one shadow cabinet minister to describe it as being involved in "blacklisting". A legal challenge has been launched by openDemocracy, who have published the report detailing the government's attacks on freedom of information, and the law firm Leigh Day.


UK government running ‘Orwellian’ unit to block release of ‘sensitive’ information (openDemocracy, link)

See the report: Art of Darkness: How the government is undermining Freedom of Information (link to pdf)

 

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