FOI: Victory for Transparency as Tribunal orders disclosure of former Prime Ministers expenses – Gabriel Webber

31 03 2016

Former PMsOn 22 March 2016 in the case of Webber v Information Commissioner [pdf] (EA/2015/0194) the First-Tier Tribunal ordered disclosure of the details of the “Public Duty Cost Allowance” of up to £115,000 a year provided to former Prime Ministers. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Strasbourg: Pinto Coelho v. Portugal (No.2), Open Justice, Article 10 and Broadcasting recordings of hearings – Hugh Tomlinson QC

26 03 2016

18726989_VefAtIn the case of Pinto Coelho v Portugal (No.2) ([2016] ECHR 296)(only in French) the Fourth Section of the Court of Human Rights held (by a 6:1 majority) that the imposition of a fine on a journalist who had published unauthorised audio recordings of a criminal trial was a breach of Article 10.  The case has potentially wide implications for jurisdictions such as England and Wales which continue to prohibit the transmission of recordings of criminal trials. Read the rest of this entry »





Event: Freedom of Information, Extending Transparency to the Private Sector

22 09 2015

Freedom of InformationOn 28 September 2015, the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law and the Information Law and Policy Centre (ILPC) at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies are presenting a joint event entitled “Freedom of Information: Extending Transparency to the Private Sector“. Read the rest of this entry »





Comity for the Internet? Recent Court Decisions on the right to be de-indexed – Agnes Callamard

26 08 2015

remove-google-search-historyOne of the most impactful events in global free expression jurisprudence development in 2014 was the the European Court of Justice Google Spain SL, Google v Agencia Espanola de Proteccion (2014) (“González”) decision by on the so-called “right to be forgotten”, more accurately referred to as the “right to be de-indexed”. Read the rest of this entry »





“Their Royal Heilnesses”: the Sun, the Royal Family, Public Interest and Freedom of Information

20 07 2015

Sun Royal HeilnessesOn 18 July 2015, the Sun ran a front page “exclusive” showing a picture of the Queen (aged about 7 or 8) and the Queen Mother doing Nazi Salutes. In the background can be seen the then Prince of Wales, the future Edward VIII.  The pictures were extracted from a short piece of film – apparently taken in 1933 or 1934 by the future George VI – from the royal family’s archives.  The footage was also made available by the Sun. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: Department of Health v. Information Commissioner, Judge criticises “secretive culture” of public service – Mike Dodd

28 05 2015

Andrew-Lansley-NHS-uk-newA High Court judge has criticised the “secretive culture of the public service” and strongly criticised the evidence given by two senior civil servants in a freedom of information battle over the ministerial diary of former health secretary Andrew Lansley. Read the rest of this entry »





News: Privacy injunction granted against the Daily Mail, second media privacy injunction of 2015 [Corrected]

27 04 2015

male-female-silhouetteOn 24 April 2015 Mr Justice Warby granted a two claimants a privacy injunction against Associated Newspapers Limited, the publishers of the Daily Mail.  The injunction restrained the threatened publication of information concerning a personal private and confidential relationship between the claimants. Read the rest of this entry »








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