Media, Sport and Entertainment: A qualified privilege
The Freedom of Information Act, while a bold move for the Government, is unlikely to provide the full transparency that media organisations had hoped for. Lawyers must encourage their clients to go on the offensive if they are to reap the full benefits of the act, says Keith Mathieson
When the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) finally comes into full operation on 1 January, 2005, everyone will enjoy a legally enforceable right of access to information held by public bodies. This right will be particularly important to journalists, but will they find that it lives up to the Government’s claims?
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