FOI under fire

The Australian Centre for Independent Journalism has been denied access to complaints about the ABC’s Middle East coverage following a Federal Court ruling. The decision in the Freedom of Information case has raised concerns about the level of transparency at the public broadcaster. The decision raised eyebrows because SBS, which has access to the same FOI Act exemptions as the ABC, decided to fulfil a similar request from author Anthony Loewenstein. Chris Nash from the ACIJ spoke to The Wire about the process involved in lodging the freedom of information request with the ABC. Produced by Ashlee Betteridge.

Broadcast on 2SERFM Sydney 107.3 and The Wire, national community radio current affairs program. September 6, 2006.

ABC and FOI (4 min 39 sec)