A tax on the right to know

This is the introduction to a column of mine that appeared in  the February 2016 edition of the PANPA Bulletin:

Last year New Zealand dropped two places on an international index of perceived corruption and this year it is likely to slip further down that greasy pole. One of the reasons advanced for last year’s demotion is stonewalling of requests under the Official Information Act. Delay, obfuscation, duck-shoving, redaction and refusal are common war stories among journalists who have experienced the frustration of seeking information under a system that has become highly politicised — to the point where ministers’ offices routinely play a role in determining responses to requests.  SEE ‘COLUMNS’

 

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