Freedom of Information and the Media
19 Pages Posted: 12 Sep 2016 Last revised: 22 Sep 2016
Date Written: September 12, 2016
The media are a powerful constituency of users, lobbyists and defenders of Freedom of Information (FOI) laws. This chapter examines how journalists use the laws in the UK and work to protect and extend it. It also looks at how media use is seen to damage trust in the political system and can generate resistance from government. It ends by arguing that FOI must be viewed in context and now fits within a rapidly changing information eco-system and a shifting and hybrid media environment.
Keywords: Freedom of Information, media, eco-system
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