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The Media at Protests: Official Attitudes - Legal Resources

Covering protests and demonstrations is part of the core function of journalism of disseminating public interest information. However, often media workers are subjected to intimidations and attacks, also by police

Media Coverage of Protests and Demonstrations - Legal Resources

A thematic fact-sheet by the Platform to promote the protection of journalism and safety of journalists of the Council of Europe that discuss a number of ECtHR cases on the media coverage of protests and demonstrations

“Telegram” Block in Russia: the Wider Context - Legal Resources

Since mid-April 2018 the Russian authorities have, rather unsuccessfully so far, been attempting to block the “Telegram” messenger, which is an anonymous Internet communication tool. This brief item discusses the context and consequences of the decision

Butkevich v. Russia: The Right of Journalistic Newsgathering During Demonstrations - Legal Resources

The case Butkevich v. Russia offers important support to journalists covering public events, demonstrations and police actions, as the European Court of Human Rights upheld that the gathering of information is an essential preparatory step in journalism and an inherent, protected part of press freedom

The Russian VPN ban: another round in the battle for a free Internet - Legal Resources

In the Russian Federation, a new Law that prohibits anonymizers and VPN usage is to enter into force on 1 November 2017. What are VPNs and what does this law mean for freedom of expression? The author attempts to disentangle the technicalities at stake

Is the Ukrainian ban on Russian social media justified? - Legal Resources

The recent ban of Russian social media in Ukraine has provoked intense discussions. The author explores original Ukrainian-language documents to find out more about the official perspective on the ban

Russia versus the European Court of Human Rights: bad news for online freedom of expression? - Legal Resources

Russia’s unwillingness to give up part of its constitutional sovereignty may prevent the effective intervention of the European Court of Human Rights. An analysis focusing on the country's online regulation

Lithuania Criticised After ECHR Ruling on Russia's 'Homosexual Propaganda' Law - Legal Resources

Following the condemnation of Russia's "propaganda law" by the Court of Strasbourg, a representative of the European Parliament urged the European Commission to review similar regulations in Lithuania

Russia’s Double Standard on Dealing with “Fake” News - Legal Resources

The supremacy of the state’s version of events is a vital national interest in Russia. The legislation targets not only those news deemed to be "false" or biased, but also historical narratives. 

Freedom of expression: the crucial role of Strasbourg - Legal Resources

In Strasbourg on March 24th, judges, journalists, lawyers and activists discussed the challenges facing the protection of free expression in Europe