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To Michael Gove, Minister for the Cabinet Office

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Shut down the Cabinet Office FoI Clearing House and stop blocking requests from journalists. It's an attack on press freedom

Why is this important?

The government are restricting access to information that we, the public, have a right to know about. A new report by OpenDemocracy has found that there's a secretive government team who can obstruct Freedom of Information requests from journalists.

Freedom of Information requests are a critical part of our democracy - and are often used by journalists to find out what the government is doing. Obstructing them is an attack on press freedom, and our democracy. It has to stop.

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