Journalists

Refusing journalist to take interviews and taking photographes at a reception center for asylum seekers violated freedom of expression.

JUDGMENT Szurovecz v. Hungary 8.10.2019 (no. 15428/16) see here SUMMARY  Media access to reception centers for asylum seekers and freedom of expression. Protection of journalistic research. The applicant, a news website reporter, complained about the authorities’ refusal to allow him to interview and take photos of the asylum seeker reception center, preventing him from recording […]

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The phrase “you are the most idiotic politician I know” is protected by the freedom of expression and constitutes political criticism.

JUDGMENT Antunes Emídio v. Portugal Soares Gomes da Cruz v. Portugal (no. 75637/13 and 8114/14) see here  SUMMARY Criticism of public figures with phrases such as “he is the most idiotic politician I know”, “only chickens were left”, “distinguished for his lack of character and honesty and his cowardice””. Conviction and imposition of a fine […]

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Conviction of a publisher and editor-in-chief of a newspaper for publishing statements by leaders of a terrorist organization for incitement to violence. Freedom of transmission of information was not infringed.

JUDGMENT Gürbüz and Bayar v. Turkey 23.07.2019 (no. 8860/13) see here  SUMMARY Press, freedom of thought and incitement to violence. The applicants, the publisher and editor-in-chief of the newspaper, were sentenced to a fine for publishing statements by a terrorist leader threatening a “guerrilla fight” in the event of no dialogue and inciting “patriots” to act. The Supreme Court […]

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Defamation proceedings of a judge against a newspaper. Lack of impartiality and violation of the freedom of expression regarding the condamnation of the newspaper

JUDGMENT  Editorial Board of Grivna Newspaper v. Ukraine  16.04.2019 (no. 41214/08 and 49440/08) see here SUMMARY  Defamation proceedings of judge against in a newspaper for two articles referring to him. References to corruption complaints against him and presentation of photographs, one of which showed  him in formal dress and brought the caption: “I will compensate […]

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The systematic prosecution of a newspaper owner for the publication of statements by leaders of “terrorist” organizations violated freedom of expression.

JUDGMENT Ali Gürbüz v. Turkey  12-3-2019 (no. 52497/08, 6741/12, 7110/12, 15056/12, 15057/12 and 15059/12) see here   SUMMARY The case concerned seven sets of criminal proceedings brought against Mr Gürbüz for publishing, in his daily newspaper Ülkede Özgür Gündem, statements by the leaders of organisations characterised as terrorist under Turkish law. He was acquitted after proceedings […]

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The sentencing of a newspaper editor to a prison sentence for defamation of a judge was “manifestly disproportionate” by violating freedom of expression

JUDGMENT Sallusti v. Italy  07.03.2019 (no. 22350/13) see here SUMMARY Prison sentence of a famous Italian editor-in-chief of for articles published in his newspaper. The national courts found that these articles had falsely reported that a 13-year-old girl had been forced to perform an abortion by her parents and the custodian judge, despite the earlier […]

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The unjustified provisional detention of a journalist violated his right to freedom and security.

JUDGMENT Haziyev v. Azerbaijan 6.12.2018 (no. 19842/15) see here SUMMARY  The case concerned the detention of an Azerbaijani journalist and opposition activist following an altercation in the street. He was arrested in August 2014 and held in detention pending trial until his conviction for hooliganism in January 2015.The European Court of Human Rights held, unanimously, […]

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Court condemns libel verdict against a Hungarian media company, stresses importance of hyperlinks on Internet

JUDGMENT  Magyar Jeti Zrt v. Hungary  4.12.2018 (no. 11257/16) see here SUMMARY  The case concerned the applicant company being found liable for posting a hyperlink to an interview on YouTube which was later found to contain defamatory content. The Court underscored the importance of hyperlinking for the smooth operation of the Internet and distinguished the use […]

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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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