Information is the lifeblood of the news business. Information about politicians or corporations, whatever the subject, whether flattering or damning, confidential or easily accessible — it's what journalists need to do their daily work. So in most cases, news organizations can be relied upon to make information public. But now the taxpayer-financed British Broadcasting Corporation is in a fight to block the release of a report on its coverage of the Middle East. According to The Telegraph:
"The corporation is mounting a landmark High Court action to prevent the release of The Balen Report under the Freedom of Information Act, despite the fact that BBC reporters often use the Act to pursue their journalism."
An information tribunal found in favor of Steven Sugar, a lawyer who went to court to get access to the Middle East report. The BBC is appealing, saying the case has "wider implications to the way the [Freedom of Information] Act applies to public broadcasters."