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PUBLIC AFFAIRS | Reporting On Government

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REPORTING LOCAL GOVERNMENT

EXEMPTIONS INCLUDE:

  • Information relating to any individual
  • Information which is likely to reveal identity of an individual
  • Information relating to the financial or business affairs of an individual
  • Information relating to any investigation or prosecution of a crime

HOW WILL YOU KNOW WHEN THE COUNCIL MEETS?

  • Your local council must give at least FIVE clear days notice before a public meeting is held
  • If you are representing a news outlet, your local council must provide you with the agenda upon payment of postage and/or copying charges however

AND WHEN THE EXECUTIVES (CABINET) MEET

  • Your local executive must give at least FIVE clear days notice before a public meeting is held

AND WHEN EXECUTIVE MEETS IN PRIVATE?

  • Your local council executive (cabinet) must give at least 28 clear days notice before a private

SO CAN I JUST TURN UP AND REPORT?

  • Yes
  • Local government bodies are required by law to provide “reasonable facilities” for reporters.

CAN I TWEET FROM A COUNCIL MEETING?

  • Yes
  • You can report meetings via social media of any kind
  • As long as your actions are not disruptive
  • But you can’t broadcast a live commentary

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION

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