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Participants discuss International and Comparative Law Perspectives on the Protection of Personal Data and the Right to Information within the Context of Freedom of Expression

Participants discuss International and Comparative Law Perspectives on the Protection of Personal Data and the Right to Information within the Context of Freedom of Expression

Tarih: 17/02/2017 | Activities


On 15-16 February 2017, in Ankara, the fourth and last International Workshop which focused on “Balancing Freedom of Expression with Other Rights within the Context of the Protection of Personal Data” took place with 32 participants mainly from the Turkish high courts and appellate courts. 

As the workshop was a forum for judicial dialogue at the European level, the speakers from the United Kingdom, France and the European Court of Human Rights concentrated their interventions on comparative and international perspectives concerning the protection of freedom of expression while protecting personal data and other sensitive information. The discussions on the definition of the concept of personal data unveiled the importance of respect for the rule of law in striking a faire balance between various rights and interests in confrontation.  The other specific topics elaborated on included the scope of the right to information and its relationship with freedom of expression, the surveillance of the telecommunication within the context of countering terrorism, the use of illegally obtained data as evidence at trial, responsible journalism and the presumption of innocence as well as the protection of whistle-blowers. Some of the cases extensively discussed were Von Hannover v Germany, Axel Springer v Germany, Stoll v Switzerland, Bédat v Switzerland, Magyar Helsinki Bizottság v Hungary, Guja v Moldova, Radyo Twist v Slovakia and Görmüş v Turkey.  The participants also had the opportunity to obtain detailed information on the Snowden case and share their views on it.

With this event, international workshops focusing on specific issues which were organised under the Project with a view to contributing the national harmonisation of judicial practices in protecting freedom of expression within the lines of European human rights standards had been completed.