Freedom of Information

Case against the Office of the Prime Minister

The Court of Appeal declared in its final judgment on the 21th of January 2009, that the minutes of the government meetings are data of public interest. Unfortunately, much information won’t be available for the public.

HCLU Builds Freedom of Information Network

September 28th is International Information Freedom Day, alias ’Right to Know Day’. The HCLU celebrates the occasion by launching its new Freedom of Information Lawyers Network.

HCLU Wins Landmark Freedom of Information Case

The Hungarian Ministry of Development and Economics is ordered to disclose data, which reveal what investments worth 200 billion Hungarian forints – nearly 800 million euros - were carried out by Swedish companies in exchange for the purchase of Gripen fighter-jets by the Hungarian Air Force. The journalist of on-line newspaper, origo.hu – with legal representation provided by the HCLU - has initiated a Freedom of Information lawsuit in December, 2007, because the Ministry has previously rejected to provide information to the journalist’s FOI request. According to the September 8th ruling of the Regional Court of Appeals, the defendant Ministry acted unlawfully.

Letter to the Minister of Justice and Law Enforcement

The HCLU has written a letter to Tibor Draskovics, Hungarian Minister of Justice and Law Enforcement, to question why private security services were allowed to check identities and search the clothing of citizens during the March 15th National State Ceremonies.

FTC Support Group Association vs. Hungarian Football Federation 1:0

The FTC SGA initiated proceedings because the HFF rejected its request to access the list of members serving on the Licensor’s Committe. In 2006, the Committee decided on the exclusion of the FTC from the first division. Read on for the details.

Handlers of Public Interest Data are not to Practice "Goodwill"

Some municipalities have a unique way of interpreting the constitutional right to form an opinion and the requirements of disclosing public interest data. The city of Rétság serves as an example to this.