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Tuesday, July 06, 2010

NSW Police score second front page

Yesterday's Telegraph front page is followed today by Taser abuse covered up by police in the Sydney Morning Herald, with this account of the year long Freedom of Information battle to access the report. Dylan Welch says the Administrative Decisions Tribunal "quickly decided" the Herald deserved access, although in the absence of a decision on the Tribunal website, sounds like a cave-in after five preliminary conferences. Newspapers might keep the Information Commissioner busy in the light of this concluding comment:
But this success is one among dozens of defeats experienced by newspapers fighting against public officials broadly disinclined to provide the truth behind their decisions.

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