The European Audiovisual Observatory has published the 6th Edition of its free eBook, Freedom of Expression, the Media and Journalists. The book can be downloaded from this link.

This 681 page book by the European Audiovisual Observatory, part of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, offers an unparalleled overview of 339 court cases based on or around Article 10 of the European Convention of Human Rights – guaranteeing freedom of speech and information.

The summaries included in the e-book have been reported in IRIS – Legal Observations of the European Audiovisual Observatory between 1994 and 2020 and can be retrieved from its legal database, IRIS Merlin. The summaries have not been re-edited for present purposes, although hyperlinks to other judgments or reference texts have been introduced, as relevant; subsequent developments (eg. referrals of Chamber judgments to the Grand Chamber) have been indicated.  It is up to date to June 2020.

The structure of the e-book is as follows:

1.     Table of cases: an overview of all the cases summarised, including bibliographic data, keywords, hyperlinks to the individual summaries and hyperlinks to the full texts of the
judgments or decisions.

2.   Introduction by Dirk Voorhoof to trends and developments in the European Court of Human Rights’ case-law on Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights in the period 1994-2020.

3. Compilation of case-law summaries.

4. Appendices:

I: Cases reported in IRIS, but not included in the main selection (i.e., cases that were struck  off the list/in which friendly settlements were reached)

II: Overview of cases in alphabetical order.

This publication has been authored by Dirk Voorhoof, Ad van Loon, Charlotte Vier and Ronan Ó Fathaigh.  It was edited by Tarlach McGonagle.

This book complements the first two volumes in the IRIS Themes series standard-setting on freedom of expression and the media by the Council of Europe’s (I) Committee of Ministers and (II) Parliamentary Assembly.