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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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Are offensive comments against police officers (cops, pigs, dogs, burning in ovens) protected by the freedom of expression?

JUDGMENT  Savva Terentyev v. Russia 28.08.2018 (no. 10692/09) see here   SUMMARY  Offensive comments against the police in a blog post.  Under the comment, “I hate the cops for fuck’s sake” the applicant described the police as pigs, faithful dogs of the regime, cops of low intellectual level and it would be great if at the center […]

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Criminal conviction for posting a photo of Nazi content does not violate freedom of expression

JUDGMENT  Nix v. Germany  05.04.2018 (no. 35285/16) see here   SUMMARY  Freedom of expression. Posting a photo of an SS leader with his outfit and armband on a blog. Sentence by the German courts. No violation of Article 10 (freedom of expression) of the European Convention, since the criminal conviction constituted an intervention “necessary in a […]

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Incompatibility of freedom of expression with statements leading to incitement to hatred, violence and discrimination

JUDGMENT Belkacem v. Belgium 20-07-2017 (no. 34367/14) see here  SUMMARY The case concerned the conviction of Mr Belkacem, the leader and spokesperson of the organisation “Sharia4Belgium”, which was dissolved in 2012, for incitement to discrimination, hatred and violence on account of remarks he made in YouTube videos concerning non-Muslim groups and Sharia. The Court noted that […]

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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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