Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Media update

BBC news -Saudis silent on diplomat's fate
"The Saudis say he will not be able to return to the UK, but have offered no information as to his fate. The Foreign Office has refused to hand over papers on the case, despite a BBC freedom of information request."

BBC news - Papers reveal oil fears over SNP
"A secret Whitehall dossier written 30 years ago has revealed that Labour ministers were concerned about the case for Scottish independence."

The Star, Sheffield - £38M police overtime bill
"Figures uncovered by The Star under the Freedom of Information Act show that, from April 2000 to July 2005, South Yorkshire Police spent £38,454,649 on overtime - £34,194,459 from its own funds and £4,260,190 from special grants from other organisations."

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press- Reporters Committee Releases 5th Edition of War Report
"The 84-page report, called "Homefront Confidential: How the War on Terrorism Affects Access to Information and the Public's Right to Know," outlines actions taken over the last four years by state and federal government agencies that limit the ability of journalists to do their jobs."

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