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Case law, Strasbourg: SIC Sociedade Independente de Comunicação v Portugal, Record award of libel damages breached Article 10 – Mike Dodd

In the case of SIC – Sociedade Independente de Comunicação v Portugal ([2021] ECHR 703) the Fourth Section of the European Court of Human Rights held that an award of damages totalling €146,000 euros (about £124,200) – a record in Portugal – to a politician wrongly linked to an investigation into a paedophile scandal in the Azores was disproportionate and could have a chilling effect on freedom of expression. Continue reading

Case Law, Strasbourg: Hájovský v. Slovakia, Further Guidance On Rights-Balancing and Photographs – Rebecca Moosavian

Photographic technology has raised questions about the privacy of those captured since its emergence in the latter half of the nineteenth century.  The case of Hájovský v. Slovakia  ([2021] ECHR 591) the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) returned to the tricky, topical issue of the degree of protection Article 8 affords the filmed or photographed individual. Continue reading

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