WAN-IFRA: Freedom of Expression outweighs “Right to be Forgotten”

Members of the WAN-IFRA board are calling on national courts around the world to uphold Freedom of Expression laws following a recent judgment made by the Belgian Superior Court. On April 29, the court ordered newspaper Le Soir to remove the name of the individual identified in a 22-year-old article.

According to WAN-IFRA, “the Board acknowledges the relevance of the human right to privacy, as defended by the so-called “right to be forgotten,” but strongly believes that newspaper archives, whether on paper or digitalized, should remain intact in the interests of freedom of information and historical accuracy.”