On 6 April 2010 the Fourth Section of the European Court of Human Rights (“ECtHR”), presided over by UK Judge Nicholas Bratza, handed down six decisions concerning defamation and privacy prosecutions in Finland.  The Fourth Section deals with English cases and its defamation and privacy decisions are of immediate relevance to English lawyers.  In addition, these decisions give an interesting insight into the ECtHR’s current approach to privacy and public interest issues.

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