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Wednesday, November 17 • 10:00 - 15:30
Masterclass: Access to information in Europe

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Do you plan your tactics properly when using freedom of information legislation? Do you know how to get access to documents from local, national and European public bodies?

Learn from the most experienced when applying the freedom of information legislation in the EU and from other countries. In this Freedom of Information master class you will meet some of the journalists most experienced in using the access to information rules.
Program for the day:

10.00 Welcome

10.05-10.50: FOI for journalists and for the masses – Luisa Izuzquiza, FragDenStaat (Germany)
FOI can be a great tool for journalists - if it fits your story (and if you're lucky). In this session we will talk about different FOI strategies to obtain documents and how online FOI platforms can help you with that. A special focus will be put on FOI campaigns and how cooperation with NGOs and citizens can be crucial to some topics in the area of FOI. And we will talk a bit about strategic litigation, too!

11.00 Loing local and using GDPR as a tool – Tarjei Leer-Salvesen, Fædrelandsvennen (Norway)
FOI is a great tool in local journalism. In this session you will learn about a database with metadata on documents that helps the FOI process. We will see that GDPR can be used as tool to access information. And did you know there is value also in completely redacted and seemingly destroyed pages?

12.00 Lunch break

13.00-13.50 How to beat the EU system – Stéphane Horel, Le Monde (France)
How to FOI the EU Commission and its agencies. What can you get and which rules apply? What to do when the EU FOI flow is broken, and deadlines are not respected.

14.00-14.50 The little-known environmental short-cut to FOI – Staffan Dahllöf, freelance (Denmark/Sweden)
A little known sentence in an even less known legislation can be used as a door-opener. In times of climate actions, green deals and environment on the agenda, let’s use environmental tools. Here’s what, how and a bit of why you can use the Aarhus convention as a tool.


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Staffan Dahllöf

Reporter, Investigative Reporting Denmark
Eager to discuss any matter related to EU-reporting, especially FOI/Wobbing-issues. Have taken part in crossborder project Farmsubsidy.org, the Facebook arrests the MEP's Project, Chlorpyrifos (the most dangerous pesticide you've never heared of), Illegal pesticide + ongoing Covid... Read More →

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Stéphane Horel

Journalist, Le Monde
Stéphane Horel works as an investigative journalist for Le Monde. She specializes in corporate lobbying and harm, toxic industries, conflict of interest and scientific disinformation. In early 2023, she supervised the European map of PFAS contamination of the "Forever Pollution Project... Read More →
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Luisa Izuzquiza

Luisa Izuzquiza is a freedom of information activist based in Brussels, Belgium. Luisa works at FragDenStaat, where she leads the organisation's EU work. Luisa's FOI work has a special focus on EU migration, asylum and border control policies.
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Tarjei Leer-Salvesen

Freelancer, Freelance
Tarjei Leer-Salvesen spent this year six months at Reuters Institute in Oxford to learn more about the differences between 136 RTI laws in the world, and how journalists can use cross-border filing for information in their investigations.As he also is a well know international working... Read More →

Wednesday November 17, 2021 10:00 - 15:30 CET