The Data Protection Bill, Human Rights and the Daily Mail – Hugh Tomlinson QC

8 05 2018

On Wednesday 9 May 2018, the House of Commons will deal with the Report Stage of Data Protection Bill. [pdf]  Two amendments relevant to press regulation have been proposed. Read the rest of this entry »





Why the business model of social media giants like Facebook is incompatible with human rights – Sarah Joseph

4 04 2018

File 20180329 189824 1k13qax.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1Facebook has had a bad few weeks. The social media giant had to apologise for failing to protect the personal data of millions of users from being accessed by data mining company Cambridge Analytica. Outrage is brewing over its admission to spying on people via their Android phones. Its stock price plummeted, while millions deleted their accounts in disgust. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Strasbourg: Sinkova v Ukraine, Conviction for performance art war memorial protest did not violate Article 10 – Ronan Ó Fathaigh and Dirk Voorhoof

22 03 2018

The European Court’s Fourth Section has held, by four votes to three, that a protestor’s conviction, including a suspended three-year prison sentence, for frying eggs over the flame of a war memorial, did not violate the protestor’s freedom of expression. The judgment in Sinkova v. Ukraine prompted a notable dissent, which highlighted “inconsistency” with the Court’s prior case law, and a disregard for the principle that criminal penalties are likely to have a “chilling effect on satirical forms of expression relating to topical issues.” Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Strasbourg: Butkevich v Russia, Journalistic newsgathering during demonstrations – Dirk Voorhoof and Daniel Simons

9 03 2018

In a case about a Ukrainian journalist being arrested during an anti-globalisation protest in Russia, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) in Butkevich v. Russia (13 February 2018) has clarified that the gathering of information is an essential preparatory step in journalism and an inherent, protected part of press freedom. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Strasbourg: Sekmadienis Ltd v Lithuania, Fine over “Jesus” and “Mary” advertising campaign, Article 10 violation – Hugh Tomlinson QC

3 02 2018

In the case of Sekmadienis v Lithuania ([2018] ECHR 112) the Fourth Section of the Court of Human Rights held that a decision to fine a clothing company for the display of adverts referring to “Jesus” and “Mary” was a violation of Article 10. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Strasbourg: MAC TV v Slovakia, Defamation of the dead, searching for clarity – Jonathan McCully

10 12 2017

On 28 November 2017, in MAC TV v. Slovakia, the European Court of Human Rights (European Court) found a violation of the right to freedom of expression under Article 10 of the Convention where the Broadcasting Council of Slovakia had fined a television programme for showing a lack of respect to the dignity of the President of Poland following his death in a tragic plane accident. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Strasbourg: Standard Verlagsgesellschaft mbH v Austria, Narrow approach to “value judgments” leads to rejection of Article 10 application – Emma Foubister

8 12 2017

In Standard Verlagsgesellschaft mbH (No.2) v Austria [2017] ECHR 1040,  the Fifth Section of the European Court of Human Rights (“the Court”) held that ordering a newspaper to pay compensation to a politician falsely accused of being the spiritus rector (guiding spirit) of a spying operation did not violate Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights (“the Convention”). Read the rest of this entry »