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Freedom of Expression and Freedom of Information: Essays in Honour of Sir David Williams

ISBN13: 9780198268390
ISBN: 0198268394
Published: December 2000
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £88.00

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The volume deals with vital issues on freedom of expression and freedom of information and emphasizes the importance of the free exchange and dissemination of ideas and of open, and therefore more accountable, government. It notes the ways in which these freedoms have received recent legislative attention in the Human Rights Act 1998, the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998 and the Freedom of Information Bill.;Articles on subjects such as freedom of speech, religion, and assembly; defamation of the state and of politicians; harassment, official secrecy, public interest disclosure, and the protection of privacy; focus on issues of political and legal importance to all who take an interest in how their country is governed.;These matters are addressed here by leading judges, practitioners, and scholars from the UK, the USA, Australia and New Zealand. They provide timely and authoritative analysis as well as comparisons between British protections of these freedoms and the safeguards offered by other Commonwealth states, the USA, the EU and under the European Convention on Human Rights.;This book will be of interest to academic and practising lawyers, government officials, and academics working in departments of politics and government.

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Sir David Williams QC, DL; 1. COMMON LAW CONSTITUTIONALISM AND FREEDOM OF SPEECH; 2. Freedom of Speech and Representative Government; 3. Freedom of Expression and Freedom of Religion: Some Thoughts on the 'Glenn Hoddle' Case; 4. Politicians and the Press; 5. The Protection of Political Discourse: Pragmatism or Incoherence?; 6. Is the Privileged Position of Political Speech Justified?; 7. A Free Press and Fair Trial: Challenges and Change; 8. Newsgathering as Protected Activity; 9. Freedom of Assembly; 10. Freedom of Expression and the Problem of Harassment; 11. Shoreham-by-Sea; 12. Freedom of Expression in the EU Legal Order and in EU Relations with Third Countries; 13. THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION AND FREEDOM OF INFORMATION; 14. Information as a Human Right; 15. Freedom of Information: The New Proposals; 16. Confidentiality; 17. The Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998; 18. Linkage Between Access to Information and Judicial Review; 19. Information and Privacy; 20. Information, Privacy, and Technology: Citizens, Clients, or Consumers?; 21. Freedom of Information and International Law; 22. Freedom of Information in Commercial Disputes; 23. Freedom of Information: The Implications for Business; Index