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Comment 6th September 2010

The Fraud Act 2006 makes investigative journalism harder then ever. 

There has been much malpractice in business, local government, etc. over the last decade, but attempts to investigate it are nuch harder nowadays.  Journalism is often the only means by which malpractice is uncovered, since public scrutinising bodies are limited in resources.  Years ago, the like of Roger Cook (ITV/"The Cook Report"), etc. were able to make progress beacuse they managed to infiltrate nefarious activities, sometimes using false identities.  The above Act potentially makes such tactics illegal, and so the malpractice that I speak of above goes undetected.

The Fraud Act 2006 is a law that is largely unnecessary, since it duplicates existing laws that were in place prior to this Act.

Why does this matter?

The reasons, to uncover malpractice in business, local government, etc. are set out above.

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