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Wednesday, 26 September 2012
FREE Film show is next step in Right to Know campaign
International Right to Know day This Friday (28 September) is International Right to Know Day, and the Campaign for Freedom of Information in Scotland, is marking it with a FREE showing of the classic US film about a President's attempt to hide criminal activity, and how this was revealed publicly - All the Presidents Men.
This takes place at the Glasgow Film Theatre at 2.50pm. Sponsored by UNISON Scotland.
This film - directed by Alan J. Pakula - stars the youthful-looking Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman as two journalists on the Washington Post (Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, who co-wrote the script) who break the story of President Richard Nixon's involvement in a criminal conspiracy to secure his re-election. While it starts with a minor break in at the National HQ of the Democratic Party, the story ultimately reveals a web of spying activity set up by the White House. Confirmation in the absence of FOI laws ('All White House transactions are confidential'), is obtained from a shadowy source - Deep Throat (who turned out to be the Deputy Director of the FBI!!
The screening is part of the CFoIS' campaign to extend the FOI laws in Scotland to cover outside organisations that provide public services, and will be followed by a discussion chaired by Rosalind McInnes, solicitor for BBC Scotland, with speakers from UNISON and CFoIS.
Free tickets are available from the GFT box office on the day.