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Why we have reached a moment of truth for freedom of information

Your right to know is being trampled on in the tumult of the pandemic

By Alice Wright  

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Politicians are often exuberant about transparency and laud the notion of freedom of information, until they find themselves in government. For then transparency equates to accountability. It was Tony Blair’s administration that finally wrangled the lofty arguments for “right of access” into legislation, but Blair now retrospectively describes the Freedom of Information Act as “utterly undermining of sensible government,” arguing that the act is not used “to bestow knowledge on ‘the people.’ It’s…

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