Freedom of Information and the Media

Authored by: Ben Worthy

The Routledge Companion to Media and Human Rights

Print publication date:  June  2017
Online publication date:  July  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138665545
eBook ISBN: 9781315619835
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315619835.ch6

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Abstract

Freedom of Information (FOI) laws represent one of the major policy innovations of the late twentieth century, having spread across the world since the 1990s. The media are a powerful constituency of users, lobbyists and defenders of these new access laws. Although few journalists actually use FOI laws, their requests have a disproportionate impact and the media are also powerful innovators and defenders. The press are often singled out by politicians as ‘abusers’ of these new openness rights. FOI now fits within a rapidly changing information ecosystem and a shifting and hybrid media environment.

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