Where Speech Goes, Repression Follows: The Global Trend of Criminalizing Online Speech – Nani Jansen Reventlow and Jonathan McCully

10 04 2017

As the next billion people move online, governments worldwide are adopting legislation that curtails free expression rights on the internet. Pushing back against this trend is important to safeguard one of the most fundamental freedoms. Read the rest of this entry »

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Trump’s ‘war with the media’ means modern democracies need independent courts more than ever – Nani Jansen Reventlow, Jonathan McCully and Catherine Anite

7 04 2017

Small handscrowd size, and now Nordstrom snubs—nothing seems to upset President Trump more than media coverage that reflects badly on his personal brand, and no slight is too small to provoke a reaction. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Strasbourg: Selmani and Ors v. The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia: influential judgment on press galleries and parliamentary reporting – Jonathan McCully

15 02 2017

selmaniOn 9 February 2017, the European Court of Human Rights handed down an important judgment in Selmani and Ors v. The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (Application No. 67259/14), a case that considers the forcible removal of journalists from a parliamentary press gallery. Read the rest of this entry »





The European Court of Human Rights and Access to Information: Clarifying the Status, with Room for Improvement – Nani Jansen Reventlow and Jonathan McCully

23 11 2016

european-court-of-human-rights-source-garant-ruOn 8 November 2016, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights handed down a much-anticipated judgment on the right of access to information. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Strasbourg: Magyar Tartalomszolgáltatók Egyesülete and Index.hu Zrt v. Hungary, Intermediary liability (again) – Jonathan McCully

7 02 2016

mte-logo-nagyobbOn 2 February 2016, the Fourth Section of European Court of Human Rights handed down its judgment on intermediary liability in Magyar Tartalomszolgáltatók Egyesülete and Index.hu Zrt v. Hungary (Application No. 22947/13)([2016] ECHR 135). The judgment attempts to clarify the Grand Chamber’s findings in Delfi v. Estonia, whilst distinguishing that case on the basis that it involved “clearly unlawful speech” amounting to hate speech and incitement to violence. However, did the Court go far enough to protect free speech online? 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 »





Case Law, African Court: Lohé Issa Konaté v Burkina Faso, Strict limits on criminalising speech in Africa – Jonathan McCully

20 01 2015

articles-incrimines-cutOn 5 December 2014, the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the “Court”) delivered its ground breaking judgment on freedom of expression in Lohé Issa Konaté v Burkina Faso (Application No 004/2013 [pdf] (available only in French). It is ground breaking in two distinct respects. Read the rest of this entry »