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Media law: Information rights

Subjects: Law

Freedom of Information

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Access to information

The FIA 2000 came into force in January 2005 and gives any person the legal right to ask for, and be given any information which is held by a public authority.

Print resources

Texts on English law are on Floor 2.

Halsbury's Laws is an authoritative encyclopaedia of law in the England and Wales. The main subject volumes will give you a concise overview of the law, while the footnotes will direct you to the most important cases, legislation and commentary in that area. The print volumes are at K1 on Floor 2. Use the Cumulative Supplement to check for any new developments in the law since the volume was printed.
OU members can access Halsbury's Laws electronically via Lexis®Library.

Works on media law at KN343 may well include this aspect as a section. In addition books at KM209 may also be useful.

Electronic resources

Texts on topic

Current legal problems 2001. Volume 54 includes Professor Patrick Birkinshaw's essay ""Open All Hours"? The Impact Of The Labour Government's Legislation On Freedom Of Information"