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Pihl v. Sweden: Pushing Online Intermediaries Towards Private Censorship and Deanonymisation?

The recent decision by the ECtHR in Pihl v. Sweden marks a new step in the definition of the emerging jurisprudence on liability of online intermediaries

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The Right to Information Is a Human Right, Strasbourg Rules

Hungarian authorities erred when they refused to provide a human rights NGO access to information – an essential part of freedom of expression – about the employment of pro deo lawyers

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ECtHR ruling in Delfi and MTE cases: More Questions Than Answers

The role of online news portals as intermediaries and their liability for user-generated content has been at the centre of two recent ECtHR cases (DELFI and MTE). Divergent outcomes leave room for many questions

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Italy: new bill against cyberbullying endangers freedom of expression on the web

OssigenoInformazione warns against restrictions of freedom of expression on the web that may derive from the newly adopted bill against cyberbullying

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RO: Deputies reject draft Law to cut the audiovisual licence fee

Minimal conditions for PBS editorial independence are preserved in Romania, as the Parliament rejects the draft Law intended to abolish the audiovisual licence fee covering over 60% of the public broadcast revenues

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Spain's 'gag laws'

The 'gag laws', most popularly known as 'Ley Mordaza' or 'leys mordaza', have been found to systematically violate citizens' rights in Spain since their implementation last year. The organisation PDLI is following the situation closely and provides a guide on what the laws mean and what they have caused journalists so far

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Challenges to the ECtHR from Russia and Turkey: Freedom of Expression on the Internet

The regulation of the online domain is gradually being tightened: an analysis of the most recent challenges to the ECtHR in Turkey and Russia

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ECtHR: Conviction of journalists for an interview using a hidden camera infringed their freedom of expression

After a lengthy legal fight, Swiss journalists obtained a positive ruling from the European Court of Human Rights, determining that their conviction for using a hidden camera in the case of insurance broker malpractice violated their rights

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Freedom of Expression and the Broadcasting Media

A selection of the ECHR case law in the field of the audio-visual broadcasting

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Protection of business secrets does not rule out the right of the press to be informed by government

On 25 March 2015 the Federal Administrative Court of Germany in Leipzig ruled that representatives of the press can demand information about facts that protect business secrets from government agencies, if their right to be informed outweighs the interest of business secret protection.

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Audiovisual Media Services Directive

The EU Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD) governs EU-wide coordination of national legislation on all audiovisual media, both traditional TV broadcasts and on-demand services

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European Convention on Human Rights

Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) is devoted to Freedom of expressions and defines the admissible conditions under which this freedom may be restricted

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European Charter on the Freedom of the Press

The charter formulates principles for the freedom of the press from government interference - in particular for their right to safety from surveillance, electronic eavesdropping and searches of editorial departments and computers, and to unimpeded access for journalists and citizens to all domestic and foreign sources of information

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European Charter on Fundamental Rights

Article 11 of the European Charter on Fundamental Rights Human Rights is devoted to Freedom of expression and information

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