Freedom of expression

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Freedom of expression of a journalist and non-use of quotation marks for re-published text

JUDGMENT Milisavljević v. Serbia 04-04-2017 (no. 50123/06) see here  SUMMARY  Freedom of expression. Public person. Use of phrase without the use of quotation marks. Sentencing a journalist for a criminal offense was likely to prevent other journalists from contributing to public debate on issues that affect public life. The journalist had been convicted of using a […]

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The conviction for malicious accusations of a municipal councilor is a violation of freedom of expression.

JUDGMENT Athanasios Makris v. Greece (application no. 55135/10) 9.3.2017 see here  SUMMARY Defamation. Freedom of expression. The applicant was mayor of Salamis for 12 years and at the relevant time he was a municipal councilor and head of the opposition party “Unity”. The case concerned his criminal conviction about malicious accusations because of the falsification, […]

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The fair balance between the protection of privacy and freedom of expression

JUDGMENT Pihl v. Sweden (no. 74742/14) 9-3-2017 see here  SUMMARY Private life. Freedom of expression. Weighting in case of conflict of rights. A blog, which was run by a nonprofit organisation, published an article, accusing the applicant of participating in a Nazi organization. Nine days later and following a complaint by the applicant, the organisation erased  […]

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The request of the parents for their children to learn Kurdish in public schools, criminalizing actions not embodied in domestic law and the freedom of expression

JUDGMENT Döner  and Others v. Turkey (no. 29994/02) 07-03-2017 see here  SUMMARY  Teaching Kurds in public schools. Legality of detention. Freedom of expression. The applicants lived in Constantinople and sent their children to public primary schools. The case concerned the criminal prosecution against them for assisting and instigating the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), since the […]

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Violation of the right to freedom of expression of two journalists ordered to pay damages for describing an actress as “completely unknown”

JUDGMENT Kapsis and Danikas v. Greece (application no. 52137/12) 19.01.2017 see here SUMMARY The case concerned an award of damages of 30,000 euros (EUR) against the director of a daily newspaper (Mr Kapsis) and a journalist (Mr Danikas), jointly with the newspaper’s proprietor, for a press article describing as “completely unknown” an actress who had […]

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Characterization of political person as a failure, harp and tyrant. The conviction of the accused by a civil court violates the freedom of expression.

JUDGMENT Lykin v. Ukraine (no. 19382/08) 12.01.2017 see here SUMMARY Freedom of expression. Political criticism. The case concerned a defamation claim made against the ap0plicant by a local politician.  The plaintiff, during a district council, read publicly a letter in which he referred to the politicians’ failures and described him as a “rifle” and “a […]

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