Thursday, November 24, 2005

Official Secrets Act

The Guardian - Memo warning 'attack on press freedom'

The Guardian - Secrecy gag prompted by fear

Read the Offical Secrets Act1 1989
"Under section 5 it is an offence to have come into the possession of government information, or a document from a crown servant, if that person discloses it without lawful authority. The prosecution has to prove the disclosure was damaging."

Early Day Motion tabled in the House of Commons:

Mr Peter Kilfoyle
Lynne Jones
Jeremy Corbyn
Dr Ian Gibson
Paul Holmes
Bob Spink

"That this House notes recent reports that President Bush discussed with the Prime Minister the bombing of the al-Jazeera television station in Qatar; and calls on the Government to publish the record of this discussion."

I have made an FOI request to the Cabinet Office for the memo - I expect this to be a long drawn out process - but will be worth it on point of principle now much of the information is in the public domain.

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