Recent developments of the ECtHR case law on freedom of expression


An informative video presentation on the overview of the European Court of Human Rights case law concerning freedom of expression, media and journalism in 2015

Media Law professor Dirk Voorhoof took part in the 2016 Columbia University Justice for Free Expression Conference organised by the Global Freedom of Expression where he presented the current developments and tendencies of the ECtHR concerning the case law on article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

After a quick introduction concerning the overall statistics, the speech provides a critical analysis of the 2015 ECtHR jurisprudence with a special focus on challenges faced by the Court.

The cases analysed are mostly associated with defamation, hate speech, internet access, access to public documents, newsgathering, whistleblowing, crime and court reporting. The cases evaluated by Voorhoof include Pentikäinen v. Finland , Delfi AS v. Estonia , Satakunnan Markkinapörssi Oy and Satamedia Oy v. Finland.

Voorhoof concludes by proposing several areas, which need further monitoring, such as protection of journalists against violence, newsgathering during demonstrations, access to public documents and transparency of intelligence services.

The video presentation is available here  (session 2, from minute 13.30 to 29.00). Click here  to download the slides of the presentation.