The UK Government is Launching a Multi-Front Attack on Freedom of Expression in the Name of National Security

Source: CounterPunch
by Patrick Cockburn

“Matt Hancock’s bungling effort to conceal his affair with Gina Coladangelo may give hope to some that all government attempts to keep information from the public will be equally futile. Unfortunately, the government has launched a carefully targeted multi-front offensive to hide its activities more effectively. Among measures being considered or already under way are a reformed Official Secrets Act that will conflate investigative journalism and whistleblowing with espionage. On another front, the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is being crippled by rejecting requests and under-resourcing. At an individual level, ministers and senior officials escape scrutiny by using encrypted messaging services that can make conversations disappear from the record.” (07/06/21)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2021/07/06/the-uk-government-is-launching-a-multi-front-attack-on-freedom-of-expression-in-the-name-of-national-security/