MPs condemn UK government's ‘abuse’ of taxpayer money to fight FOIs

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Exclusive: Government accused of ‘misusing’ vast sums after openDemocracy revealed half a million pounds was spent on legal costs to fight information releases

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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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