Freedom of expression

The accusation of the false medical certificate regarding the health condition of a prisoner, that is not proven violates the right to privacy

JUDGMENT Jishkariani v. Georgia 20.09.2018 (no. 18925/09) see here  SUMMARY  The case concerned defamation proceedings brought in 2005 by a psychiatrist, who is also a civil society activist, against the Minister of Justice at the time. The Minister had accused her on live television and in a newspaper of issuing medical reports to prisoners in […]

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The criminal punishment of a book publisher on the disappearance of a journalist and the freedom of expression

JUDGMENT  Fatih Taş v. Turkey 04.09.2018 (no. 6810/09) see here   SUMMARY Criminal conviction of a publisher of a book on public denigration of the Republic of Turkey because he criticized the authorities and claimed that a journalist had been kidnapped by state guards. The ECtHR has condemned Turkey for violating freedom of expression because […]

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The prohibition of Islamic books for the purpose of suppressing religious extremism is not necessary in a democratic society and violates the freedom of expression.

JUDGMENT  Ιbragim Ibragimov and others v. Russia 28-08-2018 (no. 1413/08 and 28621/11) see here  SUMMARY  Islamic Religious books. Prohibition of keeping books in circulation under a law on the suppression of extremism. The texts were not aggressive, offensive or defamatory to non-Muslims, nor did they amount to incitement to hatred. Violation of freedom of expression. […]

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Are offensive comments against police officers (cops, pigs, dogs, burning in ovens) protected by the freedom of expression?

JUDGMENT  Savva Terentyev v. Russia 28.08.2018 (no. 10692/09) see here   SUMMARY  Offensive comments against the police in a blog post.  Under the comment, “I hate the cops for fuck’s sake” the applicant described the police as pigs, faithful dogs of the regime, cops of low intellectual level and it would be great if at the center […]

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Criminal conviction for defamation of politicians through interviews violates the right to freedom of expression

JUDGMENT  Makraduli v. ‘the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”19.07.2018 (no. 64659/11 and 24133/13) see here SUMMARY  In two interviews given by the applicant as an opposition official, he accused a member of the ruling party and head of the Security Service that he had exploited the police forces to win the stock exchange and that his […]

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Russia committed multiple violations of the European Convention owing to Pussy Riot punk band convictions and imprisonment

JUDGMENT  Mariya Alekhina and othersv. Russia 17.07.2018  (no. 38004/12) see here SUMMARY The case Mariya Alekhina and Others v. Russia (application no. 38004/12) concerned the conviction and imprisonment of three members of the Pussy Riot punk band for attempting to perform one of their protest songs in a Moscow cathedral in 2012. The courts ruled […]

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The public’s right to access archived material online took precedence over the right of convicted persons to be forgotten

JUDGMENT  M.L. and  W.W. v. Germany  28.6.2018 (no. 60798/10 and 65599/10) see here   SUMMARY  The applicants, M.L. and W.W., who are half-brothers, are German nationals who were born in 1953 and 1954 and live in Munich and Erding (Germany) respectively. In May 1993 M.L. and W.W. were convicted of murdering a very popular actor, W.S., […]

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Sentencing a journalist for defamation of a local politician. Violation of freedom of expression

JUDGMENT  Paraskevopoulos v. Greece 28.6.2018 (no. 64184/11) see here   SUMMARY  Mr Paraskevopoulos wrote a newspaper article in December 2007 accusing people who had become involved in politics of abusing their position by, among other things, obstructing public land next to their own property by planting trees on it and by building a gazebo that jutted […]

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Arresting and fining a journalist who shared classified military information without publishing it was disproportionate

JUDGMENT  Gîrleanu v. Romania 26.06.2018 (no. 50376/09) see here   SUMMARY  The case concerned the arrest and conviction of a journalist for possessing and trying to verify classified information on national security, namely documents belonging to a Romanian military unit based in Afghanistan. The Court found in particular that Mr Gîrleanu had been arrested, a criminal […]

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Professor penalised for unauthorised participation in a TV programme outside his town of residence: violation of the right to freedom of expression

JUDGMENT  Kula v. Turkey 19.06.2018 (no. 20233/06) see here SUMMARY  An academic participated in a television program expressing his views on a specific topic. Penalties imposed by the Faculty Dean for his televised participation despite his objection. Violation of freedom of expression because the intervention in question was unjustified and no rules compatible with the […]

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