European Centre for Press and Media Freedom founded in Leipzig

26 06 2015

Schermafbeelding 2015-06-25 om 14.10.51On 25 June 2016, representatives of 20 journalists associations, publishing houses, academic institutions, trade unions and media rights experts from many European countries founded the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) Read the rest of this entry »





Columbia University Launches Online Global Database of Case Law on Freedom of Expression

25 06 2015

Screen_Shot_2015-06-18_at_1_12_07_PMColumbia University has launched an online global database of freedom of expression case law and court rulings. The novel platform developed by Columbia Global Freedom of Expression currently includes some 250 rulings from 65 nations and will be updated and expanded with relevant judicial decisions on a weekly basis. The database is available free to the general public. Read the rest of this entry »





On Delfi v Estonia… Is it time to adopt a good-Samaritan style exemption? – Sophie Stalla-Bourdillon

24 06 2015

consentThe Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) recently upheld the decision of the First section in the case Delfi v Estonia, which in 2013 found that holding a news portal liable for the third-party comments posted on its Internet news portal did not amount to a violation of Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). Given that we asked in an earlier post whether a passive and neutral intermediary could also be a data controller, it is interesting to have a look at the Delfi case to better grasp what a passive and neutral intermediary is or could be. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Strasbourg: Delfi AS v. Estonia, Grand Chamber confirms liability of online news portal for offensive comments posted by its readers – Dirk Voorhoof

19 06 2015

delfiOn 16 June 2015 the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights has delivered the long awaited final judgment in the case of Delfi AS v. Estonia, deciding on the liability of an online news portal for the offensive comments posted by its readers below one of its online news articles. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: BBC v Roden, Open justice, anonymity and the protection of reputation – Hugh Tomlinson QC

18 06 2015

BBCIn the case of BBC v Roden ([2015] UKEAT 0385_14_1205) Simler J sitting as the Employment Appeal Tribunal overturned a remarkable anonymity order which had been made at the conclusion of Employment Tribunal proceedings to protect the reputation of a claimant who had misled his employers and reaffirmed the importance of open justice. Read the rest of this entry »





United States: The Tattoos, Rap Lyrics, the First Amendment and Racketeering – Susan Brenner

13 06 2015

Melrosebx1On September 25, 2013, after a trial held in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, Earl Pierce, Melvin Colon, and Joshua Meregildo were convicted of, among other things, conspiracy, racketeering, murder, narcotics trafficking, and firearms offenses, and then appealed.  U.S. v. Pierce, 2015 WL 2166141 (U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2d Circuit 2015). Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: Burundi Journalist’s Union v Attorney-General of Burundi, A positive judgment in the midst of a crisis – Jonathan McCully

21 05 2015

East African Court of JusticeOn 15 May 2015, the East African Court of Justice (the “EACJ”) delivered its judgment in Burundi Journalists Union v. The Attorney General of the Republic of Burundi, in which it considered Law No.1/11 (the “Press Law”) regulating the press, film and broadcasting sectors in Burundi. Read the rest of this entry »








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