Case Law, Strasbourg: Koutsoliontos and Pantazis v Greece, Blurring the line between speech and speaker – Joseph Williams

24 10 2015

european_court_of_human_rightsOn 22 September 2015, the First Section of the European Court of Human Rights handed down a judgment in Koutsoliontos and Pantazis v Greece ([2015] ECHR 815)(in French), in response to two applications made against the Hellenic Republic, alleging a violation of Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights. The Court ruled that the domestic court’s order of €15,000 to be paid jointly and severally by the defendants, constituted a violation of Article 10. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Strasbourg: Morar v Romania, Criminal defamation and journalistic bad faith – Joseph Williams

1 08 2015

academia-catavencu-ultimul-numar-fondatoriiOn 7 July 2015, the Third Section of the European Court of Human Rights handed down a judgment in Morar v Romania ([2015] ECHR 668)(available only in French), ruling that a domestic court’s finding of criminal defamation against a journalist violated Article 10 principles on freedom of expression. Unfortunately, the court failed properly to engage with the issue of journalistic bad faith.  Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Strasbourg: Peruzzi v Italy, Criminal defamation is OK as long as it concerns judges – Joseph Williams

18 07 2015

260px-Consiglio_Superiore_della_MagistraturaIn the Chamber judgment in Peruzzi v Italy ([2015] ECHR 629, only in French) handed down on 30 June 2015, the Court of Human Rights dismissed an application under Article 10 by a lawyer who had been convicted of criminal defamation of a judge.  The decision is a surprising and retrograde one in the light of the recent Grand Chamber decision in Morice v France (see the Inforrm case comment). Read the rest of this entry »