Available vs accessible: a prisoner's request for information Loading Comments…
July 14, 2017
Police refused a request for information on the grounds that it was on the internet and therefore was publicly available. However, as a prisoner, the requester was unable to access the internet. The Chief Ombudsman formed the opinion that, in all the circumstances, although the information was undeniably in the public domain, refusing to provide it on that basis was not reasonable in terms of section 30(1)(b) of the OIA. Police accepted the Chief Ombudsman's opinion and released the information.
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