Opinion: “The emerging media Article 10 right to receive information from public authorities” – Antony White QC

5 10 2010

The conventional view has been that, despite the express reference in Article 10 to the right “to receive … information” it does not give rise to any corresponding right of access to official information.  This view was expressed most clearly by the Court of Human Rights in the well-known case of Leander v. Sweden ((1987) 9 EHRR 433).  The the applicant complained of a violation of his Article 10 rights when refused confidential Government information relating to an unsuccessful job application.  Read the rest of this entry »

Case Law: BBC v HarperCollins and others – “The Stig”

5 10 2010

The reserved judgment in the “Stig” case was handed down by Mr Justice Morgan yesterday in the Chancery Division of the High Court.  The judgment, BBC v HarperCollins and others ([2010]EWCA 2424 (Ch)), is available on Bailii.

On 17 August 2010 the BBC issued an application for an interim injunction seeking to restrain three Defendants from disclosing confidential information, including the identity of the Stig, the racing driving engaged by BBC in the programme Top Gear. The Defendants were not named in the Claim Form and the substantive hearing for the interim injunction was heard in private on the 31 August and 1 September 2010. Read the rest of this entry »