Magyar Helsinki Bizottsag v Hungary (App. No. 18030/11)

Human rights – Freedom of expression. The European Court of Human Rights held that, in assessing whether and to what extent the denial of access to information constituted an interference with an applicant's freedom of expression rights, the relevant considerations were: (i) the purpose of the information request; (ii) the nature of the information sought; (iii) the role of the applicant; and (iv) the readiness and availability of the information. The refusal to provide the applicant non-governmental organisation with the names and number of assignments of public defenders by police departments violated art 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

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