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Martin Rosenbaum | 19:25 UK time, Friday, 2 February 2007

• According to the Press Gazette, the government is slowing down on the timing of its plans to restrict freedom of information. Previously it was thought that ministers intended to put the new regulations to Parliament just 11 days after the end of the consultation exercise. The junior constitutional affairs minister Cathy Ashton now says such a timetable 'would be quite impossible'.

• The Independent's media commentator Stephen Glover picks up on the idea that newspapers too should be subject to the Freedom of Information Act. While there are all sorts of sensible arguments against this, I suppose it would mean that I could find out how much my newspaper colleagues spend on taxis. On one point I do agree with Glover - journalists tend to be much better at dishing out criticism than taking it.

• I was amused to read about the out-of-office autoreply received by Spyblog from the Cabinet Office Openness Team: 'This mailbox is no longer in use. This message has not been forwarded and has been deleted.'

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