Freedom of Expression and Freedom of Information: Part 3 English Law – Hugh Tomlinson QC

9 05 2010

The Strasbourg and international case law shows that that the right to freedom of information can now properly be described as a “human right” – an essential aspect of the right to freedom of expression.  This is understandable, both in terms of the standard formulation of freedom of expression as including a right to “receive” information and in practical terms.  Without access to information, many other human rights such the right to private and family life or to effective access to the Courts cannot be effectively exercised.  The promotion and defence of the rights to freedom of expression, privacy and access to court directly and necessarily involves the establishment and exercise of the fundamental human right to access to information. Read the rest of this entry »