Your Right to Know: A Citizen's Guide to the Freedom of Information Act

Your Right to Know: A Citizen's Guide to the Freedom of Information Act

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By (author) Heather Brooke, Foreword by Ian Hislop

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  • Publisher: PLUTO PRESS
  • Format: Hardback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 136mm x 216mm x 22mm | 481g
  • Publication date: 6 December 2006
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0745325831
  • ISBN 13: 9780745325835
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Sales rank: 1,609,042

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Have you ever wanted to force open the secretive doors of government? This book provides all the tools you need. With a new foreword by Ian Hislop, it's also fully updated to include...-- New chapters on Scotland and the law in practice -- Tips for digging out information and new template letters -- An expanded and updated directory -- Examples of case law that you can use in your quest for answers -- An expanded Business chapter to help you get contracts, tenders and performance evaluations

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Heather Brooke worked in the United States as a newspaper reporter. She used the American FOI Act to uncover politicians misuse of public funds for travel and personal election campaigning. Later, as a crime reporter in South Carolina for a New York Times regional newspaper, she uncovered flaws in the state's forensic crime lab and exposed dangerous practices in funeral homes. Both investigations resulted in changes to state law

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Information is born free, but everywhere is in chains. Heather Brooke has written the Information Liberation Front guide to end the politicians' enslavement of the facts which belong to the public. Bravo. -- Greg Palast, author The Best Democracy Money Can Buy Heather Brooke pulls no punches when it comes to exposing how the government, public institutions and private companies all keep the British public in the dark. Even better, she tells readers how they can successfully challenge the system using the latest public access laws. -- Michael Crick, BBC journalist Labour had been promising freedom of information for decades. Now we are getting it we need to keep the pressure on, and this is just the book to do that. All journalists should pick up these tricks. -- Jeremy Dear, General Secretary of the National Union of Journalists Both revealing and practical, 'Your Right to Know' is a necessary antidote to the British culture of secrecy. -- David Banisar, Deputy Director of Privacy International

Table of contents

Foreword by Ian Hislop Introduction Chapter 1 - FOI in practice Chapter 2 - Scotland Chapter 3 - Laws of Access Chapter 4 - Central Government Chapter 5 - Intelligence, Security and Defence Chapter 6 - Transport Chapter 7 - The Justice System Chapter 8 - Law Enforcement and Civil Defence Chapter 9 - Health Chapter 10 - The Environment Chapter 11 - Local Government Chapter 12 - Education Chapter 13 - Private Companies Chapter 14 - Information about Individuals Conclusion Appendix - Letters for requesting information