A top civil servant in Scotland is facing new calls to re-open an inquiry into the case of the government breaking its own Freedom of Information rules. 

The Scotsman report:

THE Scottish Government breached its own Freedom of Information (FOI) rules, an official has report has found, by not releasing e-mails which opposition parties say exposed attempts to “nobble” a leading expert who clashed with ministers over the referendum.

Scotland’s Information commissioner has ruled that ministers “frustrated” an FOI request during a row with elections expert Dr Matt Qvortrup who had questioned proposals for a second referendum question on more devolution for Holyrood.

The Scottish Government’s top civil servant is now facing fresh calls to re-open an inquiry into the row.

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I am a journalist and author. I am a journalist at the UK edition of WIRED magazine. In 2015, my first book Freedom of Information: A Practical Guide for UK Journalists, was published. My second book Reed Hastings: Building Netflix, was published in March 2020. I created FOI Directory in 2012 and have maintained it in my spare time ever since.