Hill media self-censor ATIPs, creating ‘double whammy’ to get access records: Legault
By Mark BurgessApr. 3, 2015
Information Commissioner Suzanne Legault says major changes are needed to Canada’s access to information regime to cover ministers’ offices and the PMO, and to address a ‘culture of delay.’
Journalists are self-censoring their access to information requests to avoid being denied on the grounds of Cabinet confidences, Canada’s information commissioner says, a tactic that amounts to a “double whammy” in limiting access to records.
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