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Day: 6 April 2010

Opinion: “A v Independent News – Freedom of Information as an Article 10 right” Dan Tench

The right to freedom of expression in Article 10(1) of the European Convention of Human Rights includes freedom to receive information and ideas.  Until recently, the supposed right to “receive” information under this provision carried very little weight in domestic law.  However, last week this all changed with the decision of the Court of Appeal in A v Independent News & Media Limited & Ors ([2010] EWCA 343).

The case related to the access by the media to the hearings of the Court of Protection and concerned the story of a remarkable man, known as “A”, now aged 30, who while being blind and suffering acute learning difficulties was also in possession of astonishing musical gifts.  This had allowed him to chart a career as a successful professional musician. Continue reading

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