Freedom of expression

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The responsibility of the journalist for the responses when interviewing and the right to freedom of expression

JUDGMENT Kącki v. Poland 04-07-2017 (no. 10947/11) see here  SUMMARY Criminal conviction of a journalist who interviewed a political party member who claimed that a MEP promised her to hire her as a sex worker. The MEPs sued the journalist for the interview, that contained unfavorable responses for him and the national courts condemned him. […]

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Tax privacy, the protection of personal data and freedom of expression

JUDGMENT Satakunnan Markkinapörssi Oy and  Satamedia Oy v. Finland (no. 931/13) 27-06-2017 see here   SUMMARY Freedom of expression. Privacy. The applicants issue the financial newspaper Veropörssi, which publishes information on taxation. In 2003, the second applicant company, together with a telephone company, launched an SMS (messaging) service, enabling individuals to obtain tax information from a […]

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The prohibition of propaganda of homosexuality violates the freedom of expression of homosexuals.

JUDGMENT Bayev and others v. Russia 20-06-2017 (no.  67667/09, 44092/12 και 56717/12) see here   SUMMARY Homophobia. Legislation forbidding propaganda of homosexuality. Incompatible legislation with the principles of freedom of expression and equality. The Court refuses to adopt policies and decisions that are biased towards the homosexual minority. Homophobia is incompatible with the values – equality, pluralism […]

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Sentencing a local newspaper to pay compensation for criticizing corruption issues of local officials and civil servants violates freedom of expression.

JUDGMENT Cheltsova v. Russia 13-06-2017 (no. 44294/06) see here SUMMARY Freedom of expression of the press. Criticism from a local newspaper to a former Mayor and against civil servants. Russia’s national courts have condemned the publisher of the newspaper to compensation and republishing articles in the newspaper with corrections in the operative part of the […]

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The balance between the freedom of TV broadcasting and the protection of the reputation of politicians

JUDGMENT Haupt v. Austria 01-06-2017 (no. 55537/10) see here SUMMARY Conflict of rights. Freedom of expression. Right to protection of reputation. Balancing rights. Superiority of the freedom of expression of a television presenter who called a politician “usually surrounded by small brown rats” against the protection of his reputation. The amount awarded by the national […]

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The criminal conviction for defamation through the press infringes the limits of freedom of expression

JUDGMENT Traustason and others v. Iceland  4-5-2017 (no. 44081/13) see here  SUMMARY Freedom of expression. Freedom of press. Judgment. Iceland. A criminal conviction for defamation due to a newspaper article about financial irregularities violates the right to freedom of expression and is not necessary in a democratic society. The ECtHR condemns Iceland. PROVISION Article 10 […]

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