Case Law, Strasbourg: Centre for Democracy and Rule of Law v Ukraine, Refusal to give access to ‘confidential’ information about politicians violated Article 10 – Ronan Ó Fathaigh and Dirk Voorhoof

3 05 2020

On 26 March 2020, the European Court of Human Rights unanimously found that a refusal by the Ukrainian authorities to give a non-governmental organisation (NGO) access to information about the education and work history of top politicians as contained in their official CVs, filed as candidates for Parliament, violated the NGO’s right of access to public documents under Article 10 ECHR. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Strasbourg: Studio Monitori v. Georgia: access to public documents must be ‘instrumental’ for the right to freedom of expression – Dirk Voorhoof and Ronan Ó Fathaigh

28 03 2020

In the case of Studio Monitori and Others v. Georgia the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) in its judgment of 30 January 2020 confirmed that the right to freedom of expression and information as guaranteed by Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) can only be invoked in order to obtain access to public documents when a set of conditions are fulfilled. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Strasbourg: Tagiyev and Huseynov v. Azerbaijan, Journalist and editor’s conviction for incitement to religious hatred violated Article 10 – Ronan Ó Fathaigh and Dirk Voorhoof

23 12 2019

In Tagiyev and Huseynov v. Azerbaijan, the European Court of Human Rights unanimously held that the conviction and imprisonment of Azerbaijani journalist Rafig Nazir oglu Tagiyev, and editor Samir Sadagat oglu Huseynov, for incitement to religious hatred, violated their right to freedom of expression under Article 10 ECHR. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Strasbourg: Szurovecz v. Hungary, Denying journalist access to asylum-seeker ‘reception centre’ violated Article 10 – Dirk Voorhoof and Ronan Ó Fathaigh

6 11 2019

In Szurovecz v. Hungary, the European Court of Human Rights has held that a refusal to grant a journalist access to an asylum-seeker ‘reception centre’ in Hungary violated his right to freedom of expression under Article 10 ECHR. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Strasbourg: Gürbüz and Bayar v. Turkey, Dangerous “triple pirouette” to find criminal prosecution for media coverage of PKK statements did not violate Article 10 – Ronan Ó Fathaigh and Dirk Voorhoof

17 10 2019

The European Court’s Second Section recently found that criminal proceedings against the owner and the editor of a newspaper for having published statements by the leader of a terrorist organisation were justified and did not violate the right to freedom of expression. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Strasbourg: Prior restraint of campaigning for a peaceful but unauthorised demonstration violated Article 10 – Ronan Ó Fathaigh and Dirk Voorhoof

18 05 2019

On 30 April 2019, in Kablis v. Russia, the Third Section of the European Court of Human Rights (“ECtHR”) unanimously found that the blocking by Russian authorities of an activist’s social networking account and entries on his blog had breached his right to freedom of expression under Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights. Read the rest of this entry »