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Case Law, Strasbourg: Marina v. Romania, Irony in Court, balancing Articles 8 and 10 – Alberto Godioli

Due to its inherent link with elusiveness and ambiguity, humour makes it particularly difficult to draw a line between lawful and unlawful expression. The task of assessing the harm in a joke is notoriously complicated by strategies such as exaggeration, distortion or irony, which are typical of humorous expression in its various forms (from satire to parody). Continue reading

Case Law: Strasbourg, Four Russian Cases on Internet Blocking, Findings of Violations of Articles 10 and 13

In four Russian cases, Vladimir Kharitonov v. Russia (application no. 10795/14), OOO Flavus and Others v. Russia (application nos 12468/15, 23489/15, and 19074/16), Bulgakov v. Russia (no. 20159/15), and Engels v. Russia (no. 61919/16) the Third Section of the Court of Human Rights held that the blocking of websites in Russia was a breach of Articles 10 and 13. Continue reading

Case Law, Strasbourg: Macovei v Romania, Defamation proceedings against Romanian MEP over anti-corruption comments violated Article 10 – Ronan Ó Fathaigh and Dirk Voorhoof

On 28 July 2020, the European Court of Human Rights held in Monica Macovei v. Romania that defamation proceedings against a sitting Member of the European Parliament violated the politician’s right to freedom of expression, under Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights. Continue reading

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