Tag Archives: European Court of Human Rights

Peter Noorlander: Strasbourg court must reject prior notification

Peter Noorlander of the Media Legal Defence Initiative has a post up on Index on Censorship warning that the European Court of Human Rights must reject Max Mosley’s prior notification action or risk grave consequences for the free media.

Such a rule would be disastrous for investigative reporting of all kinds — by the media as well as by NGOs. It would mean that a local paper that has been leaked documents showing corruption in the local council, for example, would be forced to notify those named in the story. The subjects would without doubt take out an injunction, probably on grounds of breach of confidence, and the story could not be published for months…

Read the full post on Index at Censorship at this link.

RNW: Dutch journalist takes Russia to ECHR

TV reporter Jeroen Akkermans is taking Russia to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) over the country’s attach on the Georgian city of Gori last August.

Akkermans joins a number of complainants in the case, which was originally brought by relatives of those killed in the attack.

Akkermans’ colleague Stan Storimans was killed while reporting from the Russian-Georgian border for RTL television.

via Dutch journalist takes Moscow to court | Radio Netherlands Worldwide.

IndexOnCensorship.org: European Court judgement on Times is ‘disappointing and weak’

A guest comment from Peter Noorlander on the Free Speech blog over at IndexOnCensorship.org.

After outlining the details of this week’s Times case (the newspaper group was disputing the UK’s application of libel laws where the ‘internet publication rule’ allows for libel action every time archived material is accessed on the internet) Noorlander gives his own take on the judgement.

“This leaves a disappointing and weak judgment from the European Court of Human Rights,” he writes.

Full story at this link…

Independent: Max Mosley wants to banish kiss and tells through new privacy law

After winning damages in his case against News of the World this summer, Max Mosley is taking a case to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) today, to ask for a change in law, which would require editors to contact the subjects of revelations about private life before publishing.