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Case Law, Strasbourg: Handzhiyski v Bulgaria: Conviction for placing Santa Claus accessories on statue in the context of nation-wide political protests violated Article 10 – Mike Dodd

In its judgment in the case of Handzhiyski v Bulgaria ([2021]  ECHR 283) the Fourth Section of the Court held, by a six-one majority, that convicting and fining a local politician who had placed a Santa Claus hat on a statute of a former Communist and put a red sack at its feet as part of a political and satirical protest was an unjustified interference with his right to freedom of expression under Article 10. Continue reading

“Surveillance Capitalism” – the internet’s new official protest song?

The concept of “surveillance capitalism” – coined by academic Shoshana Zuboff in 2014 – has been the subject of a number of Inforrm posts.  For example, “Explainer: what is surveillance capitalism and how does it shape our economy?” – Donell Holloway and “Our “data self” explained. A brief journey into Surveillance Capitalism” – Nataly Tedone. Continue reading

Case Law: Strasbourg, Dickinson v. Turkey, Yes, Prime Minister (bis): prosecution for satirical collage violated Article 10 – Ronan Ó Fathaigh and Dirk Voorhoof

On 2 February 2021, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) unanimously found that the criminal proceedings against an artist’s satirical collage ‘insulting’ the Turkish Prime Minister violated his right to freedom of expression under Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). Continue reading

Case Law, Strasbourg: LB v Hungary, The right to privacy used as a modern pillory – Liesa Keunen

The fourth section of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) delivered a remarkable judgment in the case of L.B. v. Hungary (application no. 36345/16) on January 12, 2021). The publication of taxpayers’ personal data on the tax authority’s website for failing to fulfil their tax obligations constitutes no violation of the right to private life as established under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). Continue reading

The Criminalisation of Drill Music and Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights – Colette Allen

The criminalisation of drill music by the Metropolitan Police denies artists and producers of their right to freedom of expression. This article situates this genre-specific censorship in its racial context, considers the Article 10 European Convention on Human Rights implications, and summarises what other European jurisdictions have done when faced with violent lyrics. Continue reading

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