UK government running ‘Orwellian’ unit to block freedom of information requests

UK government running ‘Orwellian’ unit to block freedom of information requests

11/24/2020 12:16:00 PM

UK government running ‘Orwellian’ unit to block freedom of information requests

Cabinet Office ‘Clearing House’ shares personal information about journalists and has sweeping powers over FOI requests

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Problem is, not enough people give enough of a shit any more... so they dont even mind it being reported.. the govt are like ..¯\\_(ツ)_/¯ People who hide things are people with something to hide. Trust in our government has never been so low as it is now. Laurence Fox & Toby Young conspicuous by their silence...

It's easier to dismantle democracy than to be open about their criminal use of our money to pay their friends, donors and families What freedom of information? There is none. At least not for any information that really matters! I think true journalism has to work harder than ever these days. If they’re trying to hide something THAT is in the public interest.