Don’t stop free­dom of in­for­ma­tion

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION - BRE­MAN RA­JKU­MAR St Mary’s Av­enue, North­wood

I AM con­cerned about the Gov­ern­ment’s planned changes to the Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion Act.

In­for­ma­tion should be made avail­able to the pub­lic as mat­ter of prin­ci­ple.

Jour­nal­ists have used the Act to un­cover pub­lish im­por­tant in­for­ma­tion in the pub­lic in­ter­est. We all ben­e­fit as a re­sult.

If any­thing the Act should be strength­ened rather than weak­ened. It is un­ac­cept­able that the Gov­ern­ment’s In­de­pen­dent Com­mis­sion on Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion isn’t cov­ered by the Act it was cre­ated to ex­am­ine.

So we don’t know what they are READER Gian Singh Jo­hal en­joyed the sweet taste of suc­cess af­ter grow­ing sugar cane in gar­den in Win­nock Road, West Dray­ton.

De­spite see­ing the crop grow­ing at green houses in Kew

discussing or when they meet.

The Gov­ern­ment wants to over­haul the Act be­cause it would rather op­er­ate in se­cret.

Chris Grayling, the Leader of the House of Com­mons, told MPs in Oc­to­ber the Act is “mis­used” to “gen­er­ate sto­ries for the me­dia”.

His words re­vealed a great deal about the Gov­ern­ment’s think­ing. It wants to wa­ter down the Act be­cause it would rather be free from pub­lic scru­tiny. Gar­dens, this was Mr Jo­hal’s first suc­cess in get­ting it to grow out­side.

Send your pho­tos from around Hilling­don to steve.bax@ trin­i­tymir­ with your de­tails and we’ll print them here.

Any at­tack on FOI is an at­tack on open gov­ern­ment. I don’t want pae­dophiles in par­lia­ment to be pro­tected, I want chil­dren and in­no­cent peo­ple to be pro­tected and I want abusers and crim­i­nals to be ex­posed for their crimes.

Please pub­lish this to help pro­tect our vi­tal Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion Act.

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