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Your Right to Know - Second Edition: A Citizen's Guide to the Freedom of Information Act Paperback – 20 Oct 2006
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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)
About the Author
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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Public authorities do not tell you that you have a right to know, they would much rather that you didn't. This book explains your rights and where to expand your understanding further, the Act itself is as all laws is only as good as how it is used and the legal precidents set at tribuneral and the rulings of the information commissioner.
The book explains how the act has been recieved by public authorities, Health Service, Local Authorities etc and explains the exemptions upon which information requests can be refused. The standard letters for requests and responces to refusals, should be invaluable to the citizen activist, lobbyist or journalist who is seeking to raise the veil of secrecy and condesention towards the general public of the nanny state.
Well worth having on anyone's quick reference shelf.
After reading this book, I lodged an FOI request with my local council, to which I am pleased to say I got a prompt and detailed reply.
This is an informative and empowering book. I highly recommend it.
As well as the book being written so wonderfully and a brilliant foreword from Ian Hislop, a journalist himself, it is a very useful thing to posses and it is one of the few books I have kept after finishing university. Heather Brooke should be a familiar name to any aspiring journalist and so this is a must have.
Detailed templates for Freedom of Information requests are also included, which makes sending of those requests that much easier, especially if it is your first. Templates can also be adapted to suit your needs, though there are a few included for different situations.
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