This week's jpod comes days after the Justice Select Committee began hearing evidence as part of its review of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
Given the impact of the legislation on the everyday activities of the newsroom, we speak to Trinity Mirror's David Higgerson and KM Group's Paul Francis about current scrutiny of the law, the impact it has had on the news gathering process and how they would – and would not – like to see it developed in the future.
We also hear from:
- member of the #SaveFOI campaign and FOI officer Paul Gibbons (@FOIManUK) about why he has joined the campaign to secure the future of the Act and his view on calls to introduce charges,
- a director at the Local Government Information Unit Jonathan Carr-West about the role the FOI Act has played in building a culture of openness within public bodies,
- and head of policy delivery at the Information Commissioner's Office Steve Wood about the ICO's role in adjudicating FOI complaints and proposed changes to the Act
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