UK government attack on free press and FOI

04/11/2021 | Independent

Campaigners are calling to end the government's attempts to hinder press freedoms through proposals in the Official Secrets Act and plans to weaken Freedom of Information laws. Planned changes to the Official Secrets Act will make it easier to convict whistleblowers and journalists or up to 14 years, instead of two, that publish information in the public interest without authority. The government is also seeking to make two new UK organisations exempt from FOI laws. They are the Advanced Research and Invention Agency and the proposed new Heath Services Safety Investigations Body. 

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