Category - freedom of information

  • January 6, 2018

    In a decision published on 2 January 2018, the Upper Tribunal has decided that the ‘security bodies’ exemption under the Freedom of Information Act should not have been applied in a blanket fashion to exempt the legal advice that formed the basis of the lethal drone strike that killed two British citizens in August 2015.

  • November 6, 2017

    Developers are using a legal loophole to get out of building thousands of affordable homes across the country every year, according to new research using Freedom of Information laws.

  • July 31, 2017

    The International Federation of Journalists has called on the Government of China to clarify the usage of privately-run VPNs (Virtual Private Network) in China. The IFJ also called on China to end its attempt to control and stifle the free flow of information in the online space.

  • November 18, 2016

    More than a hundred organisations have seen their funding shrink, their reputations tarnished and their staff intimidated under Russia's draconian 'foreign agents' law, said Amnesty International in a new report today

  • November 16, 2016

    The British Government published its response plans to weaken the Freedom of Information Act on the same day as the result in the US Presidential election was announced, it has emerged.

  • October 7, 2016

    The closure of eight independent news and current affairs-focused TV channels effectively ends critical television news reporting in Turkey, says Human Rights Watch. The channels are among 23 television and radio stations reported by the media to face closure on the basis of a Turkish government decree.

  • April 18, 2016

    UK military personnel have provided nearly 400 hours of targeting training to Saudi forces since the start of a Saudi-led bombing campaign in Yemen, it has emerged.

  • December 18, 2015

    The Defence Secretary has released figures on the number of UK personnel ‘embedded’ with the armed forces of other nations. The publication is in response to concerns raised in July after it emerged that British pilots had already been bombing Syria while flying US jets

  • October 11, 2015

    The Commission on Freedom of Information is considering introducing charges for anyone making FOI requests, according to an anonymous briefing provided to journalists.

  • August 26, 2015

    Between December 2011 and February 2014, 2,650 people died shortly after losing incapacity benefits when judged fit for work and 1,360 died just after completing appeals.