Richard Clayton QC from Kings Chambers set to intervene in freedom-of-information case
Richard Clayton QC from Kings Chambers has been instructed to intervene in Kennedy v Charity Commission, an important freedom-of-information case about to be heard before the Supreme Court.
The appeal concerns a request by a journalist for information concerning the Charity Commission’s inquiry into George Galloway’s fundraising to provide medical treatment for children, particularly in Iraq.
The Charity Commission has refused to provide that information because the Freedom of Information Act contains a blanket prohibition on the disclosure of documents held by a person carrying out a statutory inquiry.
Clayton has been instructed by the Media Legal Defence Initiative and the Campaign for Freedom of Information to argue that the statutory prohibition must be read subject to the Human Rights Act and that freedom of expression under Article 10 confers a right of access to information.
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