Getting Green Scoops Using Environmental Law
Learn how to leverage the law to obtain ‘green’ information from government departments, regulators and even some private companies.
The Environmental Information Regulations (EIRs) – the ‘Sister Act’ of FOIA legislation – is a simple and powerful tool that allows access to public-interest information about the environment.
This session will teach reporters how to make requests and explain some basic principles for success, such as embracing your inner nerd. We will then walk through three recent openDemocracy case studies, which were also reported in The Guardian, The Times, and by Sky News.
This is a UK-focused session but, because the EIRs law is derived from the EU, some of the learning also applies to European country contexts.
Using the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) 1-2. Jenna Corderoy. Thu 29 June. 10:10 – 12:30
- 29 June 2023 14.30–15.30
by Brendan Montague and Lucas Amin
The Freedom of Information Act is an excellent journalistic tool that offers access to information held by more than 100,000 public bodies in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. In FOIA without the Lawyer, the authors share the methodology they have developed while running The Request Initiative and making requests on behalf of charities, NGOs and campaigning groups.
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