Freedom of information

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The Afghanistan Papers review: superb exposé of a war built on lies
Craig Whitlock of the Washington Post used freedom of information to produce the definitive US version of the war

Julian Borger

05, Sep, 2021 @6:00 AM

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Napier barracks staff feared asylum seekers might die from Covid
Some residents at Kent facility were known to have health conditions but others had not been screened

Diane Taylor

11, Jul, 2021 @2:29 PM

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UK government admits ministers can use self-deleting messages
Exclusive: Civil servants also able to delete messages instantly, as fears grow about accountability

Haroon Siddique Legal affairs correspondent

13, Jun, 2021 @4:00 PM

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UK government loses legal battle over transparency of ‘Orwellian’ unit
Judge backs openDemocracy and decries ‘toxic culture of secrecy and evasion’ of Clearing House

Haroon Siddique

08, Jun, 2021 @3:00 PM

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Renovation of parliamentary flats cost nearly £700,000 of public money
Emails released under FoI show officials were initially given a budget of £280,000

Rajeev Syal

20, May, 2021 @5:08 PM

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Australia needs to strengthen press freedom laws and promote transparency, inquiry finds
Senate report makes 17 recommendations including improving FOI laws and reversing the onus on journalists to prove public interest stories

Amanda Meade

19, May, 2021 @9:07 AM

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MoD document approves British troops for illegal bombing, charity claims
Directive gives exceptions where troops can engage in countries without parliamentary backing

Haroon Siddique Legal affairs correspondent

19, May, 2021 @5:00 AM

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Whitehall civil servants ordered to disclose all conflicts of interest
Cabinet secretary sets Friday deadline citing ‘acute concern’, as Tory MPs block broader inquiry

Peter Walker and Jessica Elgot

14, Apr, 2021 @7:50 PM

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Labour seeks inquiry over Boris Johnson flat renovation
Lawyers tell Electoral Commission PM breached donations law over £200,000 Downing Street upgrade

Aubrey Allegretti Political correspondent

31, Mar, 2021 @2:49 PM

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Legal challenge seeks to stop ministers sending disappearing messages
Self-destructing messages are undemocratic, say transparency campaigners preparing judicial review

Jim Waterson

29, Mar, 2021 @6:00 AM

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Watchdog steps in over secrecy about UK women in Syria stripped of citizenship
Exclusive: Home Office refusal to disclose how many women are in same position as Shamima Begum prompts action

Dan Sabbagh Defence and security editor

29, Mar, 2021 @5:00 AM

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Twitter told to delete Russian opposition's online news content
Ban on Khodorkovsky-founded outlet follows Kremlin threat to block entire social network

Theo Merz in Moscow

18, Mar, 2021 @5:00 AM

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