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[News] - Freedom of Information v BBC

Midnight_Caller
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[News] - Freedom of Information v BBC

Hi All
Just seen this:
[quote="Balen Report: The case continues"]
Today was to have seen a Supreme Court hearing - and thus possibly the final stage - in the most long-running legal dispute involving freedom of information since the law came into force.
However that case will not be happening this Wednesday, following the death last month of the man who initiated it and has been fighting it for several years, a London solicitor named Steven Sugar.
The dispute also involves the BBC. On 8 January 2005, a few days after the right to make FOI requests became active, Mr Sugar asked the BBC for a copy of the Balen Report, an internal report assessing the corporation's coverage of the Middle East which had been compiled in 2004 by an editorial adviser, Malcolm Balen.

This is a sad day for us all, before you ask read the article then you will know why! 
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Re: [News] - Freedom of Information v BBC

Wait a minute!!! No link to your Forum? I'm disappointed In you Gary Wink
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Re: [News] - Freedom of Information v BBC

@Steve M, There is on my signature.  Smiley  Wink
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Re: [News] - Freedom of Information v BBC

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This is a sad day for us all, before you ask read the article then you will know why! 

Why? and I did read the article.
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Wait a minute!!! No link to your Forum? I'm disappointed In you Gary Wink

Impressive isn't it! And he even links to the original article in the "quote by" line too.
Nice one MC
I need a new signature... i'm bored of the old one!
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Why? and I did read the article.

Well if I was you I would read the article again.
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Re: [News] - Freedom of Information v BBC

think i'm missing something too...
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Re: [News] - Freedom of Information v BBC

Probably this
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The current legal position, as expressed by the High Court and upheld by the Court of Appeal, is that "the BBC has no obligation to disclose information which they hold to any significant extent for the purposes of journalism, art or literature, whether or not the information is also held for other purposes".
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Re: [News] - Freedom of Information v BBC

@Oldjim, You hit the nail on the head.
So all Freedom of Information requests will be refused by the BBC
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Re: [News] - Freedom of Information v BBC

So what?  Sky isn't subject to FOI, and neither is any other media company (including any of the newspapers).  I know you're going to say, but we pay for them (we pay for all the others as well).  If the BBC is forced to reveal information using FOI, then it's a simple matter  for any other company to get hold of business sensitive information, and damage the BBCs positions (thereby costing the BBC (and us) even more money)  What's the big problem?
John
PS, maybe if the News of The World was subject to FOI, the whole hacking affair would have been sorted a long time ago!
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Re: [News] - Freedom of Information v BBC

i'm with hulls on this one..
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Re: [News] - Freedom of Information v BBC

Having read the article I think the court has come up with the right decision.