Submission

ECtHR: Third-Party Intervention Submission by Article 19, the Campaign for Freedom of Information and the Access to Information Programme

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ARTICLE 19

06 Jun 2017

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Third-party submission by ARTICLE 19, the Campaign for Freedom of Information (CFOI), and the Access to Information Programme (AIP) in the case of Privacy International v. UK at the European Court of Human Rights.

As recognised by the Grand Chamber in Magyar Helsinki Bizottság v. Hungary, domestic laws and international instruments have “evolved to the point that there exists a broad consensus, in Europe (and beyond) on the need to recognise an individual right of access to State-held information in order to assist the public in forming an opinion on matters of general interest”. As set out in this submission, this right of access to information applies to all public bodies, regardless of their function. Further, absolute exemptions for certain types of information are disproportionate.

 

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