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On the Verge Censorship:Sussex Police Release Little Bit Of Paper

x | 30.04.2008 16:50 | Anti-militarism | Repression | Terror War | South Coast

An FOI request to Sussex Police for all communications with Brighton Council relating to the banning of SchMovies On The Verge premiere screening on 17 March 2008, has produced a redacted photocopy of a tiny entry in a police notebook .

The response letter below explains that although their maybe far more interesting documents out there, suusex police are not in a position to confirm or deny their existence and have refused to do either.

The identity of the officer who called the Council to complaint about the film has been concealed.

Dear Mr X

I write in connection with your request for information which was received by Sussex Police on 18 March, and enclose a photocopy of an entry in an officer’s notebook recording a phone call made to Brighton and Hove Council on 17 March.

We are unable to confirm or deny whether we hold any other information related to your request. To provide a statement of the reasons why neither confirming nor denying is appropriate in this case would itself involve the disclosure of exempt information. Therefore under Section 17(4) of the Act no explanation will be given. To the extent that the following Sections of the Act apply we have assessed that the public interest in maintaining the exclusion of the duty to confirm or deny outweighs the public interest is disclosing whether or not we hold the information.

Section 31(3) (Law Enforcement);
Section 38(2) (Health and Safety);
Section 40(5) (Personal Information);
Section 41(2) (Information provided in confidence),

In accordance with the Act this letter acts as a Refusal Notice for any other information you have sought. Please note that this action cannot be taken as confirmation or denial that Sussex Police holds any other information you have asked for.

Yours sincerely

T Mahony
Freedom of Information Disclosure Officer

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Display the following 4 comments

  1. so thats an admission then — TLC
  2. Next thing — Goforem
  3. thanks goforem — x
  4. FOI also sought from Herefordshire Council — Alistair Mitchell