The ABC seems to think you have no right to know the details about its use of public funds to pay Louise Milligan’s personal legal bill, according to Digital Editor Jack Houghton.
ABC journalist Louise Milligan defamed federal MP Andrew Laming on her private Twitter account.
The ABC gave Laming a $79,000 payout, and the total cost including legal fees could eventually hit $400,000 of taxpayer money.
The Daily Telegraph put in a Freedom of Information request to the ABC, asking for documents related to the agreement the ABC struck with Milligan.
The ABC admitted 161 documents related to the topic, but refused to release any of them without “redacting nearly every word,” according to Mr Houghton.
“How transparent, a complete blackout of information you have a right to see,” he said.
“And this is where the issue of double standards makes an appearance … the ABC, a media organisation, has actively campaigned for an end to the opaque and secretive tactics organisations use to block freedom of information requests.
“It looks like if you live long enough on a healthy diet of public funds you end up becoming the villain yourself.”