Falconer attacks media for fishing expeditions

The Lord Chancellor Lord Falconer has outlined his vision for freedom of information, stating: "People, not the press, must be the priority."

Falconer attacked the media for denying the public access to information due to "fishing expeditions" under the Freedom of Information Act.

At the Lord Williams of Mostyn Memorial Lecture last week, Falconer said processing the media's requests had cost the Government around £4m, with the BBC accounting for £1m - money that would have been better spent dealing with public requests.

Falconer: media threatens Freedom of Information (The Lawyer, 27 March 2007)