Freedom of expression

Violent, intimidating and threatening journalistic attack on authors of the report regarding minority rights. Violation of privacy.

JUDGMENT Kaboğlu and Oran v. Turkey 30.10.2018 (no. 1759/08, 50766/10 and 50782/10) see here SUMMARY Official university report on the problems faced by minorities in Turkey. Journalists attacked the authors of the above report, using hate speech and incitement to violence with phrases such as “spilling blood”, “if we had beaten these people, people would […]

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Muhammad, freedom of expression and the intervention of the European Court of Human Rights

JUDGMENT  E.S. v. Austria 25.10.2018 (no. 38450/12) see here SUMMARY The case concerned the applicant’s conviction for disparaging religious doctrines; she had made statements suggesting that Muhammad had had paedophilic tendencies. The Court found in particular that the domestic courts comprehensively assessed the wider context of the applicant’s statements and carefully balanced her right to […]

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Defamation of a doctor who was involved in cell research that he resembles to a Nazi criminal and the freedom of expression

JUDGMENT Annen v. Germany  18.10.2018 (n. 6) (no. 3779/11) see here    SUMMARY An anti-abortion activist was opposed to cell research and likened a web-based researcher to those who experimented with humans during the Nazi era, suggesting that the behavior of scientists carrying out stem cell research is equivalent to the atrocities committed by the […]

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The police dissolution of university professors’ protest at the Rector’s office was necessary to prevent public unrest.

JUDGMENT Tuskia and others v. Georgia 11.10.2018 (no. 14237/07) see here SUMMARY Teachers’ protest at the Rector University office and police intervention. Dissolving the protest, administrative prosecutions and imposing fines on teachers. The Court held that the removal of the applicants from the Rector’s office was not disproportionate, since the protest could take place in […]

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Criticism in the press of political figures, convictions for damages and freedom of expression

JUDGMENT Fedchenko v. Russia (no. 3) 02.10.2018 (no. 7972/09) Fedchenko v. Russia (no. 4) 02.10.2018 (no. 17221/13) Fedchenko v. Russia (no. 5) 02.10.2018 (no. 17229/13). SUMMARY Critical publications regarding the behavior of political figures (use of state-owned cars for private purposes, ownership fraud, favoritism of a shopping center owner) and freedom of expression. Sentencing a journalist for […]

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Judicial condemnation of a campaign against abortion that compared it to murders and the Holocaust does not violate the freedom of expression.

JUDGMENT Annen v. Germany  20.09.2018 (no. 3682/10, 3687/10, 9765/10 and 70693/11) see here    SUMMARY  The cases concerned a series of complaints by an anti-abortion activist, Klaus Günter Annen, over civil court injunctions on various actions he had taken as part of an anti-abortion campaign. The plaintiffs in the domestic proceedings were four doctors who […]

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ιατρική βεβαίωση

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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ελευθερία της έκφρασης

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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Θρησκευτική Ελευθερία

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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