Freedom of Expression and Freedom of Information: Part 2 International Instruments and other Jurisdictions – Hugh Tomlinson QC

6 05 2010

The cautious approach of the European Court of Human Rights to freedom of information can be contrasted with the approach of other international bodies.  In its very first session in 1946, the UN General Assembly adopted Resolution 59(I), stating,

“Freedom of information is a fundamental human right and … the touchstone of all the freedoms to which the United Nations is consecrated.”

This view has been repeated by United Nations bodies on a number of occasions over subsequent decades.

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