ACE and Section 43

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Video - Panta Rei Danseteater 'Lullaby'

Norwegian dance company Panta Rei Danseteater, late last year, conducted a little experiment whereby three dance makers created two pieces with the same name based on the same idea, featuring three male dancers and two musicians, to see what the outcome was.

June 2nd, 2016

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Arts Council England (ACE) has concluded that its handling of a Freedom of Information Request was conducted properly and fairly following what it describes as an 'internal review' of the situation following a complaint from Article19 to ACE's Chief Executive; Peter Hewitt.

Of most concern to Article19 was the failure to disclose detailed budgetary information concerning MJW productions who received £117,500 towards producing the 4Dance television programme that aired on Channel4 in the UK on December 29th.

ACE has cited a, so-called, section 34 exception claiming that the release of the information would prejudice the commercial interests of both MJW and Channel4 Television.

Section 43 itself is suitably ambiguous, even by government standards, the entire section is encompassed in just one sentence;

"Information is exempt information if its disclosure under this Act would, or would be likely to, prejudice the commercial interests of any person (including the public authority holding it)"

Thus far this particular FOIA request has taken almost six months to get to this stage. ACE took almost 2 two months to conduct its own internal review citing that they needed to seek 'professional advice' (no kidding, Ed!) Article19 will lodge a formal complaint with the Information Commissioner in the next couple of weeks.

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