List of FOI requests refused as "Journalism, Art or Literature"
Perry Icso made this Freedom of Information request to British Broadcasting Corporation
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Dear British Broadcasting Corporation,
Please give a complete list of FOI requests which you have refused (or partially refused) in the last two years on the grounds of Journalism, Art or Literature.
Each list item should contain a short description of the request. I imagine that such a field already exists in your system, but as a guide, something that could reasonably appear in the subject line of an email would be ideal. Note that I am not only asking about requests received by email, but obviously where a request was actually received by email with a suitably descriptive subject, the original subject line could be used to avoid the need for you to generate a summary line now if you have not already done so.
For each request, the corresponding list item should also include the reference ID in your system or such other information as would facilitate identifying it if a copy of the full text is requested in future.
Please also include dates if reasonably straightforward to do so.
Dear Mr Icso
Thank you for your request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, as detailed in your email below. Your request was received on 17th November 2014. We will deal with your request as promptly as possible, and at the latest within 20 working days. If you have any queries about your request, please contact us at the address below.
The reference number for your request is RFI20141893
The Information Policy & Compliance Team
BBC Freedom of Information
BC2 B6, Broadcast Centre
201 Wood Lane
London W12 7TP
Email: [BBC request email]
Tel: 020 8008 2882
Dear FOI Enquiries,
Having looked at your response to certain requests by other people, it seems to me that you maintain a somewhat pedantic distinction between a request for information that you rule out of scope of the Act versus a request that you refused on the basis of one of the exemption categories in the Act, such that you possibly would not consider a request of the first type ever to have been an FOI request in the first place.
I therefore add for avoidance of doubt in respect of my current question:
a) any request for information you have received that purported in any way (implictly or explicitly) to be a request under the terms of the Act is what I am asking you about, regardless of the teminology you would apply to it,
b) any failure to supply the requested information is the sort of refusal I am asking you about, again regardless of your terminology.
Dear Mr Icso,
Please find attached the response to your request for information,
BBC Information Policy and Compliance
Room BC2 B6
Email: mailto:[BBC request email]
Tel: 020 8008 2883
Fax: 020 8008 2398
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2. mailto:[BBC request email]
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Thank you for the reply.
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Philp Searle left an annotation ()
Perry, too many requests for information here. A better request would be to find out how many identical responses are made (using the headline above) on FOI Charter response in the past five years. Even if sucessfull, FOI is limited to public insitutions and one big corporation (BBC) and not the hundreds of small (er) BBC funded 'private' companies the BBC are able to hide behind, so we can never get an accurate picture on anything using just FOI demands. They will only do the legal minimum, so its better to target the request in a legal framework which they can refuse (as not covered by FOI such as private payments) or fall into Charter protection which covers everything else which ignores public ire and anxiety.