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Don't weaken the Act demands civic society

140 media bodies, campaign groups and others [1] have writtento the Prime Minister expressing ‘serious concern’ at the government’s approach to the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act.The organisations are particularly concerned at the Commission on Freedom of Information, announced on July 17th this year. They say its terms of reference make clear that ‘its purpose is to consider new restrictions to the Act’ [2] and that there is no indication that it is expected to consider how the right of access might need to be improved.

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Press recognition panel is open for applications

The Press Recognition Panel announced today (Thursday) that it was seeking applications from potential regulators Dr Evan Harris, Joint Executive Director of Hacked Off who was a guest speaker at the CPBF AGM earlier this year, said: “Despite the opposition of the newspapers to the implementation of the Leveson Report, we can see step by step progress to the establishment of a recognised regulator and the incentive scheme which Leveson said should be given a year to work before further action. In a year’s time we will see how many of the newspapers remain outside independent and effective self-regulation supported by Leveson, newspaper readers, the NUJ, the public and Parliament.”

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BBC open meeting

The Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom is holding this open meeting to discuss the next stages in the campaign.

6.00pm Monday 21 September 5th Floor, Headland House, 308-312 Gray's Inn Rd, London WC1X 8DP (nearest tube Kings Cross St Pancras).

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CPBF response to DG Tony Hall speech about the future vision for the BBC, Science Museum, London, 7 September

The CPBF welcomes the commitment to developing the BBC’s presence on the internet, to the production of high quality drama and to producing news services that more fully reflect the reality of devolution. This statement is, however, driven by the knowledge of imminent cuts in BBC services and by a desire to placate critics in the industry prior to the drafting of the new BBC Charter in 2016. The BBC is under immense pressure from government and media corporations to cut back on its activities.

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Freedom of Information at risk?
Hard-won 'rights to know' might be restricted by future expenditure cuts in Whitehall and campaigners fear the Freedom of Information Act could become a target for efficiency savings. Listen to our latest podcast about threats to FOI, with Nicholas Jones.
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