Freedom of information: UNESCO “Brisbane Declaration”

4 05 2010

The participants in World Press Freedom Day on Monday 3 May 2010 (see our earlier post), have adopted a “Brisbane Declaration” on freedom of information.  The declaration draws attention to Article 19 of the Universal Declaration (which, in similar terms to Article 10) includes both freedom of expression and the right to “receive information”.  It “reaffirms” that the right to information “is an integral part of the right to freedom of expression” and defines the right to information as “the right of everyone to access information held by public bodies at all levels“.  Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: Von Hannover (No.2) to the Strasbourg Grand Chamber [Updated]

4 05 2010

On 16 April 2010 the European Court of Human Rights announced that the case of Caroline von Hannover v Germany (no. 40660/08) had been relinquished to the Grand Chamber of the Court – a panel of 17 judges.  It will be heard along with the case of Springer v Germany (No. 39954/08).  Princess Caroline von Hannover (the daughter of Prince Rainier III of  Monaco), was of the course the successful applicant in the Court’s most famous media privacy case:  Von Hannover v Germany ((2004) 40 EHRR 1).  This new case gives the Grand Chamber of the Court of Human Rights its first opportunity to consider the developing case law on privacy and the media. Read the rest of this entry »