Case Law: Vejdeland and Others v. Sweden, Anti-Gay Hate Speech in Strasbourg – Alexandra Trimmer

23 02 2012

On 9 February 2012 the Court of Human Rights handed down a fascinating judgment on freedom of expression. Vejdeland and others v. Sweden is the first time that the Court has applied the principles relating to hate speech in the context of sexual orientation. A unanimous Court has ruled that Sweden did not violate the right to freedom of expression: the criminal conviction of the applicants for distributing leaflets that contained offensive statements about homosexuals did not breach the Convention. The judgment – which I will discuss below – is well worth reading, and so is the factsheet on hate speech that the Court has released on the occasion of this ruling. Read the rest of this entry »

John Terry, the England Football Captaincy: the Media and the Law

23 02 2012

The England football captaincy, its removal and the resulting resignation of the team’s manager has been the subject of considerable media attention in recent weeks. In the first week of February 2012 the media monitoring site, Journalisted, reported that John Terry’s loss of the England captaincy was the biggest story of the week – ahead of Stephen Hester’s bonus and Fred Goodwin’s former knighthood. In the second week, it counted 462 articles about Fabio Capello and his resignation over the captaincy issue.

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