MSP: We must end this of­fi­cial se­crecy

The Sunday Post (Inverness) - - NEWS -

The role of Ni­cola Stur­geon’s ad­vis­ers in an­swer­ing free­dom of in­for­ma­tion re­quests has been crit­i­cised.

Ear­lier this year, Scot­land’s in­for­ma­tion com­mis­sioner Daren Fitzhenry said jour­nal­ists and po­lit­i­cal re­searchers faced an “ad­di­tional layer of clear­ance” for their re­quests and said that should end.

The Scot­tish Govern­ment in­tro­duced a new ac­tion plan but Labour has crit­i­cised this as it still in­volves ad­vis­ers and min­is­ters hav­ing a role in iden­ti­fy­ing the more “sen­si­tive” re­quests.

Scot­tish Labour’s par­lia­men­tary busi­ness man­ager, Neil Find­lay MSP, said: “In­stead of stop­ping politi­cians and tax­payer funded spin doc­tors in­ter­fer­ing in jour­nal­ists re­quests they­have in­sti­tu­tion­alised it.”

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