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Part of freedom of speech, a right of access to information held by goverments

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Freedom of information: Part of freedom of speech, a right of access to information held by goverments
Freedom of information is an extension of freedom of speech, a fundamental human right recognized in international law, which is today understood more generally as freedom of expression in any medium, be it orally, in writing, print, through the Internet or through art forms. This means that the protection of freedom of speech as a right includes not only the content, but also the means of expression. Freedom of information also refers to the right to privacy in the content of the Internet and information technology. As with the right to freedom of expression, the right to privacy is a recognized human right and freedom of information acts as an extension to this right. Lastly, freedom of information can include opposition to patents, opposition to copyrights or opposition to intellectual property in general. The international and United States Pirate Party have established political platforms based largely on freedom of information issues.


Your right to know: Freedom of information costs blow out to $60m

Taxpayers slugged $60 million by government agencies to deal with Freedom of Information requests last year, triple the cost 15 years ago despite fewer requests
The Age - Published

Defence industry minister says she wasn't consulted about 'laughable' FOI response

Journalists and politicians expressed their disbelief after a standard Freedom of Information request from SBS News was met with a cost quote of at least $2,515.
SBS - Published

UK business department says a quarter of its staff are working on Brexit

Around a quarter of staff at Britain's business department are working on the country's exit from the European Union, the department said in response to a Freedom of Information request.
Reuters - Published

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