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Case law, Strasbourg: SIC Sociedade Independente de Comunicação v Portugal, Record award of libel damages breached Article 10 – Mike Dodd

In the case of SIC – Sociedade Independente de Comunicação v Portugal ([2021] ECHR 703) the Fourth Section of the European Court of Human Rights held that an award of damages totalling €146,000 euros (about £124,200) – a record in Portugal – to a politician wrongly linked to an investigation into a paedophile scandal in the Azores was disproportionate and could have a chilling effect on freedom of expression. Continue reading

Case law, Strasbourg: Amaghlobeli v. Georgia: Journalists cannot be released from their duty to obey ordinary criminal law – Mike Dodd

In its judgment in Amaghlobeli and Others v. Georgia  ([2021] ECHR 422) the European Court of human Rights rejected complaints by two journalists and the publishing company for which they worked that their rights to freedom of expression under Article 10 of the Convention were breached when the journalists were fined for having entered the customs control zone of a border post. Continue reading

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

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