Ministers under fire over panda letter censorship

Documents about the arrival of Edinburgh's pandas have been heavily redacted. Pic: Lisa Ferguson
Documents about the arrival of Edinburgh's pandas have been heavily redacted. Pic: Lisa Ferguson
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The Scottish Government has come under fire after heavily censoring documents about Edinburgh’s giant pandas released under the Freedom of Information Act.

Ministers were asked to make public details of their involvement in bringing pandas Tian Tian and Yang Guang from China to the Capital’s zoo.

The request asked the Government to release any letters which included a mention of the pandas – as well as minutes from official meetings between 2007 and 2014.

But the two letters from First Minister Alex Salmond which were eventually released had almost every word blacked out.

Carole Ewart, of the Campaign for Freedom of Information in Scotland, said she was “disappointed.”

A spokesman for the Scottish Government said: “In this particular case, we have not withheld any of the information requested.

“The specific question only asked about discussions about pandas. As was made clear in the response, some information was redacted because it did not relate to pandas.”