FOI exposes mast mistakes

A journalist who attended my NUJ course wrote in to tell me of his FOI experience. Malcolm Prior sent FOI requests to 41 councils and the resulting stories are running on the BBC News website, BBC South Today and local radio stations:

Council mast blunders uncovered – http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/4838152.stm

Eastleigh case study – Nurse fights on against mast blunder – http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/4840670.stm – and a full list of where the masts are – http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/4836396.stm

Malcolm said: “What’s amazing is how many councils wait right until the end of the 20 days to palm you off with a wrong or inaccurate answer. Luckily in some cases I already knew of a couple of examples, so I could point out that they had not checked their records properly. I am considering putting in complaints about a couple of them, which proved very resistant to providing the info.”

One Response to “FOI exposes mast mistakes”

  1. Hannah says:

    Tireless use of FOIA to uncover an excellent story – well done Malcolm.

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