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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law [MPECCoL]

Right to Access to Information

Lana Ofak

Subject(s):
Right to access to information — Right to privacy — Economic, social, and cultural rights — Environmental rights

Published under the direction of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law.
General Editors: Rainer Grote, Frauke Lachenmann, Rüdiger Wolfrum.

1. The right to access to information is the right of the individual to have access to information held by the public authorities. Peled and Rabin identified four major justifications for the constitutional protection of the right to access to information: the political-democratic justification, the instrumental justification, the proprietary justification and the oversight justification ( Peled and Rabin 359–370 ). 2. The right to access to information is a precondition for the proper conduct of democracy (the political-democratic justification) ( Peled and Rabin...
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