Case Law: R (Evans) v HM Attorney-General, The Tale of the Black Spider, the Supreme Court Speaks – Matthew Flinn

29 03 2015

14786526_page_3_let_346471cAnd so, the long legal saga of the Black Spider Letters finally comes to a close.  I last blogged about this case back in October 2012. At that time, the Attorney General had ignited controversy by invoking a little-known power under section 53 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA). Read the rest of this entry »

Case Law, Strasbourg: Guseva v Bulgaria, More freedom of information under Article 10 (with dissents) – Hugh Tomlinson QC

28 02 2015

Vidin-danube-photoIn the case of Guseva v Bulgaria (Judgment of 17 February 2015) a Chamber of the Court of Human Rights has again recognised an Article 10 right to access to information and found a violation where a public authority had failed to provide public interest information despite court orders.  There were, however, two dissenting judgments on this issue, including one from the UK judge. Read the rest of this entry »

Case Law: Kennedy v Charity Commission, Supreme Court: Strasbourg’s mixed messages about Article 10 and any right to receive information – David Hart QC

31 03 2014

news-graphics-2007-_637463aIn the case of Kennedy v Chairty Commission ([2014] UKSC 20), in judgments running to 90 pages, the Supreme Court dismissed this appeal by Mr Kennedy, a Times journalist, for access to documents generated by the Charity Commission under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Read the rest of this entry »

Case Law: R (Evans) v Attorney-General, Prince Charles’ advocacy letters should be produced – David Hart QC

18 03 2014

Prince CharlesIn the case of R (Evans) v Attorney-General ([2014] EWCA Civ 254) the Court of Appeal (reversing a strong court including the former Lord Chief Justice – see my previous post) has decided that correspondence between the Prince of Wales and various government departments should be released. Read the rest of this entry »

The Right to Freedom of Expression and Information under the European Human Rights System : Towards a more Transparent Democratic Society – Dirk Voorhoof

14 02 2014

ARCHITECTURE STOCKSome commentary on recent case law of the Strasbourg Court relating to freedom of expression, media and journalism might give the impression that the Court of Human Rights has lost direction. This impression would be misleading. Read the rest of this entry »

Appeal: If you love freedom of information, will you help the CFOI survive?

24 01 2014

confidential_animationThe Campaign for Freedom of Information (“CFOI”) has an immediate and short term cash-flow problem. Despite its modest expenditure, CFOI needs to raise nearly £25,000 to ensure its survival through to the end of March 2014.  CFOI has launched an urgent appeal for funds, to which donations can be made online.  CFOI asks you to support it now. Read the rest of this entry »

Case Law, Spain: Gonzalo Miró v Gestevisión Telecinco SA, Speculation about paternity violates right to privacy

6 01 2014

Gonzalo MiroIn an important new privacy judgment the Spanish Constitutional Court has held that a television company violated the right to privacy of Gonzalo Miró Romero, son of the late Pilar Miró, by speculating about the identity of his father, a fact that he and his mother had never made ​​public. Read the rest of this entry »


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