Keep Freedom of Information requests free

Fleet Street 2.0, a UK Press Gazette blog, highlights the cross-party Early Day Motion against the government’s plans to introduce fees for Freedom of Information requests. Steve Wood has more information at the UK Freedom of Information Act Blog.

The FoI is important because it encourages/forces the public sector to be more open, transparent and accountable. Let’s not forget that civil servants and council officers work for us.

FoI is also an important asset for public relations professionals working in the public sector. If damaging information is going to come out anyway (and frequently it would, even before FoI) then it is good reputation management to do it yourself.

EDMs are pretty pointless legislatively, but the one thing they can do is make a point. Contact your MP and encourage them to sign it (use WriteToThem.com if you’re not sure how to do this).

 


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International communications consultant and PR trainer specialising in online public affairs, digital corporate communications, online PR and social media; frequent national media commentator and conference speaker.