This factsheet provides an overview of the case-law of the European Court of Human Rights on sanctions taken by domestic authorities in the prosecution of defamatory and other types of unlawful online speech, including hate speech and speech inciting violence. According to the Court, any measure taken by State authorities or private-sector actors to block, filter or remove Internet content, or any request by State authorities to carry out such actions must comply with the requirements set by Article 10 of the Convention.

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Publication Date: 01/06/2022
Publisher: Council of Europe