Journalists

Journalistic criticism of judges. The conviction of a journalist into payment of damages violated the freedom of expression. The criterion for the amount of compensation is the basic monthly salary.

JUDGMENT Tolmachev v. Russia 02.06.2020 (no. 42182/11) see here   SUMMARY Journalistic criticism of judges and freedom of expression. The awarded damages must take into account the financial situation of the defendant. The plaintiff is a journalist who, through three articles in a newspaper and magazine, criticized judges for their behavior and the way they acted. […]

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Suspension of of journalist’s parliamentary credentials violates the freedom of expression

JUDGMENT Mándli and others v. Hungary 26.05.2020 (no. 63164/16) see here SUMMARY The case concerned the suspension of the applicants’ Parliament accreditation as journalists. The Court found in particular that the applicants, journalists working for various media outlets, had been reporting on a matter of public interest – alleged illicit payments linked to the National […]

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Erotic videos coming from a hidden camera of a journalist with her partner on the internet. Description of her as ” Cicciolina” from a newspaper. Rejection of her lawsuit. Violation of her private life

JUDGMENT Khadija Ismayilova v. Azerbaijan 07.05.2020 (n.3)  (application no. 35283/14) see here SUMMARY The applicant is a well-known journalist. She writes mainly articles criticising the government for its policies. Erotic videos were posted on the internet with the journalist and her partner taken with a hidden camera. As a result of these videoa, a journalist […]

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Prohibition of discribing a political party as “far-right” on television violates the freedom of expression

JUDGMENT ATV Zrt v. Hungary 28.04.2020 (no. 61178/14) see here  SUMMARY Freedom of expression and journalism. The National Media and Information Authority has banned a television company from describing a political party as “far-right” as part of a news program, as national media law has barred any “opinion” from the news presenter. The TV company […]

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Activist journalist persecuted due to ‘fabricated’ accusations: The Court condemns many rights violations

JUDGMENT Khadija Ismayilova v. Azerbaijan  25.02.2020 (no.2) (application no. 30778/15) see here SUMMARY The case concerned the applicant’s complaint that she had been arrested and detained without a reasonable suspicion of an offence and her allegations that those acts were aimed at punishing her for her work as a journalist who was critical of the […]

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Publisher’s criminal conviction for hate speech did not violate freedom of expression

JUDGMENT Atamanchuk v. Russia  11.02.2020 (no. 4493/11) see here SUMMARY The case concerned a businessman’s conviction for inciting hatred and enmity following statements about non-Russians in an article published in a local newspaper. The Court found in particular that the applicant’s sweeping remarks had not contributed to any public debate and agreed with the national […]

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Conviction of journalist and publishing director for publishing an article on a journalist’s assassination violates the freedom of expression

JUDGMENT Magosso and Brindani v. Italy 16.01.2020 (no. 59347/11)  see here SUMMARY The case concerned the conviction for defamation of two applicants, a journalist and a publishing director, following the publication of an article concerning the murder of the journalist Walter Tobagi in 1980 by a terrorist group close to the Red Brigades. With regard […]

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In order to document responsible journalism, one must take into account in addition to the accurate and reliable information provided by journalist, his or her behavior. Irresponsible journalism is not covered by the protection of freedom of expression

JUDGMENT Zarubin and others v. Lithuania 19-12-2019 (no. 69111/17, 69112/17, 69113/17 and 69114/17) see here SUMMARY Protection of the public interest and freedom of expression. Deportation from Lithuania and a ban on the re-entry of four Russian journalists working for the Russian state broadcaster after their actions at a conference in Vilnius. The Court was […]

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The reasoned home investigation did not violate the right to privacy. Seizure of documents in order to conduct an investigation is a bearable restriction on the freedom of expression

JUDGMENT Man and others v. Romania 12.12.2019 (no.39273/07) see here SUMMARY The case originated in accusations against an investigative journalist, Liviu Aurel Man, and his team for operating a blackmailing network. The applicants, Mr Man, his wife and their media companies, brought multiple complaints under the Convention, essentially connected to the search-and-seizure operation at their […]

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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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