Legal news

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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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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ECtHR: Right to information according to Art.10 ECHR- Press or anybody

The ECtHR rejected on 6 January 2015 a German’s appeal and ruled that public authorities do not necessarily infringe Art. 10 of the Convention by refusing to give information (application no. 70287/11)

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Court rules online news sites are not liable for offensive readers’ comments

In the MTE case, the ECHR tested the principles set forth in the controversial Grand Chamber’s Delfi case concerning the notion of liability of news portals for readers' comment

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Russian surveillance law

In a case related to alleged mobile phone surveillance, the European Court of Human Rights decided that an editor in Russia was entitled to claim to be a victim of a violation of the European Convention on Human Rights.

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Anti-terrorist surveillance law

After a case filed by a non-governmental watchdog organisation, the European Court of Human Rights has decided that the Hungarian anti-terrorist surveillance law violates the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR)

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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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