The Prince, his mistress and his lovechild: a feminist perspective on Couderc and Hachette Filipacchi Associés v. France – Nani Jansen

25 02 2015

albert10_thumbMale celebrity has affair with woman. Woman shares story with public. Woman’s version of events gets shut down by the courts. The end. It is an all too familiar story that seems to repeat itself over and over again. When it comes to information disclosing the infidelity of powerful men, national courts have often been more than helpful in expeditiously securing the silence of the women involved in such affairs, accrediting more weight to the man’s claims of privacy, than the woman’s right to tell the tale of what was ultimately her affair as well. Read the rest of this entry »

Strasbourg: Grand Chamber Hears Armenian “Genocide denial” case of Perinçek v Switzerland

15 02 2015

Perincek Grand ChamberOn 29 January 2015, the Grand Chamber held a hearing in the Article 10 case of Perinçek v Switzerland.  The case has been particularly controversial because, in the course of its judgment, the Chamber suggested that there was not the same international consensus in relation to the Armenian genocide as in relation to the holocaust. Read the rest of this entry »

News: Strasbourg, MLDI intervenes in Grand Chamber Prince of Monaco Privacy Case

12 02 2015

Prince AlbertOn 12 June 2014, the Fifth Section of the Court of Human Rights held that judgment of a French Court arising out of a story that Monaco’s reigning monarch, Prince Albert II, had an illegitimate child was a violation of Article 10. Read the rest of this entry »

Case Law, South Africa: Democratic Alliance v ANC, Election text message was “comment” – Eloise le Santo

10 02 2015

Nkandla-zuma(R)On 19 January 2015, the Constitutional Court of South Africa handed down judgment in the case of Democratic Alliance v African National Congress and Another ([2015] ZACC 1), a case concerning text text messages relating to President Jacob Zuma sent to over 1.5 million voters by the Democratic Alliance (DA) in the run up to the 2014 general elections. Read the rest of this entry »

Leveson and Murdoch: Hypocrisy and the Protection of Journalists – Evan Harris

27 01 2015

Leveson-inquiryNick Cohen has many qualities as a polemical writer and orator and is a fierce defender of free expression. We have fought many battles on the same side, not least blasphemy abolition, against an over-broad religious hatred law, and libel reform, but he is wrong about Leveson and about the Hacked Off campaign for a free and accountable press. Read the rest of this entry »

Case Law, Strasbourg: Pinto Pinheiro Marques v. Portugal, Public authorities, criminal libel and a mistake of law – Hugh Tomlinson QC

25 01 2015

Montemor-o-VelhoIn the case of Pinto Pinheiro Marques v. Portugal (Judgment of 22 January 2015, only in French) the First Section of the Court of Human Rights held that libel conviction of the applicant for damaging the reputation of a municipal council was a violation of Article 10. Read the rest of this entry »

News: East African Court of Justice to hear Press Law challenge

22 01 2015

East African Court of JusticeOn 9 February 2015, the East African Court of Justice will start hearing a case challenging the legality of Burundi’s Press Law. The case has been brought by the Burundi Journalists’ Union, with the support of the Media Legal Defence Initiative. Read the rest of this entry »


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