The 1st January 2015 marked 10 years since the Freedom of Information Act was implemented in the UK.

It has been a piece of legislation that has provoked strong feelings from those in power to journalists and users of the Act.

Here is a selection of quotes showing how the Act has been useful since it came into force.


The Justice Select Committee’s review of the Act said:

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Government response to Justice Select Committee’s review of the Act (p.7):

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Tony Blair, 2010:

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Dr Ben Worthy, 2014:

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Maurice Frankel, Campaign for Freedom of Information, said:

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Financial Times, 2012:

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Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, 2011:

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WhatDoTheyKnow.com, 2012:

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Gordon Brown, 2007:

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Index on Censorship, 2012:

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The Guardian, 2012:

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Paul Gibbons, FOI Man, 2012:

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I am a journalist and author. I am a staff writer at the UK edition of WIRED magazine and in 2015 my book, Freedom of Information: A Practical Guide for UK Journalists, was published. I created FOI Directory in 2012.