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Freedom of Information and the Media

19 Pages Posted: 12 Sep 2016 Last revised: 22 Sep 2016

Ben Worthy

University of London - Birkbeck College

Date Written: September 12, 2016

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Worthy, Ben, Freedom of Information and the Media (September 12, 2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2837762 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2837762

Ben Worthy (Contact Author)

University of London - Birkbeck College ( email )

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London, WC1E 7HX
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