Story for The Times about Whitehall’s censorship of historical files to stop them reaching the National Archives (including one about a British army agent who killed Belfast lawyer Pat Finucane during the Troubles), and the ineffectiveness of the Advisory Council on National Records and Archives which regulates the process.
Story for VICE based on papers disclosed by the UK Cabinet Office after my Information Tribunal case. I was also interviewed on BBC Good Morning Scotland about investigation.
Story for VICE about Britain’s increasingly secretive and spooky relationship with Bahrain.
Story for Private Eye magazine about Lord Naseby’s selective use of FOI disclosure to down play the scale of Sri Lanka’s war crimes
Comment piece for the Guardian about extending the UK Freedom of Information Act to cover Britain’s intelligence agencies and special forces, as well as private contractors.
A British judge has reached a decision in my freedom of information appeal against the UK Cabinet Office. Nearly four years ago, I asked the department for papers that could shed more light on UK covert involvement in the Golden Temple massacre at Amritsar in 1984, where hundreds if not thousands of Sikh pilgrims were killed by the Indian army. I had already exposed that Margaret Thatcher sent an SAS officer to advise on the attack and wanted to see what else the UK government was hiding. The judge agreed with me on two key points but did agree with the Cabinet Office on another point. The case has received plenty of coverage in the Indian media (e.g. NDTV, The Hindu, The Wire, Press Trust of India, CNNnews18 etc) and there are reports in the Times of India and Hindustan Times that a top Sikh official in India has thanked me for my research. The Guardian and BBC radio also covered the judgment.
Story for VICE about the politics of the Volvo Ocean Race sporting event
Story for New Internationalist on anti-Muslim riots in Sri Lanka and the Scottish connection
Story for the Guardian about Britain’s Foreign Office destroying almost 200 files from the start of the Tamil Tiger uprising, when the SAS and MI5 gave secret counter-insurgency advice. Story was picked up by the Sri Lankan Daily Mirror, Sunday Times, Sunday Leader, Colombo Gazette and Tamil Guardian.