[IRPCoalition] [bestbits] free flow of information @ Netmundial - Civil Society major issues

Koven Ronald kovenronald at aol.com
Wed Apr 16 12:48:20 EEST 2014

The improper interpretation of data protection is a major potential hindrance to press freedom, That is why the UK Government in particular has stipulated a journalistic exception to European Union data protection. Call it a narrow trade or industrial issue, if you like. But I regard press freedom as a public protection that affects and uunderpins the exercise of all other rights.

Rony Koven

-----Original Message-----
From: Ralf Bendrath <bendrath at zedat.fu-berlin.de>
To: irp <irp at lists.internetrightsandprinciples.org>
Sent: Wed, Apr 16, 2014 1:43 am
Subject: Re: [IRPCoalition] [bestbits] free flow of information @ Netmundial - Civil Society major issues

Am 16.04.2014 00:51, schrieb Koven Ronald:
> But "free flow of information" is in the constitution of UNESCO and
> could therefore be arguably seen as an established human rights concept.

The UNESCO Constitution only contains "to promote the free flow of ideas
by word and image". This does not constitute a fundamental right, and it
applies to ideas rather than information. "Information" can also mean
personal data and is used exactly to this effect by many trade and
industry bodies to undermine data protection / privacy, as Jeanette
rightly pointed out.

Best, Ralf
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