Global Freedom of Expression

Freedom of Expression, the Media and Journalists – Case-law of the European Court of Human Rights – 7th edition

Key Details

  • Region
    Europe and Central Asia
  • Themes
    Access to Public Information, Artistic Expression, Content Regulation / Censorship, Defamation / Reputation, Hate Speech, National Security, Political Expression, Violence Against Speakers / Impunity

In recognition of World Press Freedom Day, the European Audiovisual Observatory has published the seventh edition of the third e-book in the European Audiovisual Observatory’s IRIS Themes series, prepared in collaboration with its partner organisation, the Institute for Information Law (IViR) of the University of Amsterdam.

This 2022 revised edition contains summaries of 360 judgments or decisions by the Court and provides hyperlinks to the full text of each of the summarised judgments or decisions (via HUDOC, the Court’s online case-law database). It can be read in various ways: for initial orientation in the steadily growing Article 10 case-law; for refreshing one’s knowledge of that case-law; for quick reference and checking, as well as for substantive research.

The summaries included in the e-book have been reported in IRIS – Legal Observations of the European Audiovisual Observatory between 1994 and 2021 and can be retrieved from the legal database, IRIS Merlin. The summaries have not been re-edited for present purposes, although hyperlinks to other judgments or reference texts have been introduced, as relevant; subsequent developments (eg. referrals of Chamber judgments to the Grand Chamber) have been indicated, again as relevant, and the citational style has been standardised to conform with the Court’s official reporting guidelines. Please see the technical tips on page 3 in order to make optimal use of the navigational tools in this e-book.

The structure of the e-book is as follows:

• Table of cases: an overview of all the cases summarised, including bibliographic data, keywords, hyperlinks to the individual summaries and hyperlinks to the full texts of the judgments or decisions.

• Introduction by Dirk Voorhoof to trends and developments in the European Court of Human Rights’ case-law on Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights in the period 1994-2021.

• Compilation of case-law summaries.

• Appendices:

I: Cases reported in IRIS, but not included in the main selection (i.e., cases that were struck off the list/in which friendly settlements were reached).

II: Overview of cases in alphabetical order.

III: Overview of cases by country.

Download Publication:

Voorhoof D. et al and McGonagle T. (Ed. Sup.), Freedom of Expression, the Media and Journalists: Case-law of the European Court of Human Rights, IRIS Themes, European Audiovisual Observatory, Strasbourg, 2022


Dirk Voorhoof

Prof. em., Human Rights Center, Ghent University and Legal Human Academy, Denmark

Tarlach McGonagle

Senior Researcher/Lecturer, Institute for Information Law (IViR), University of Amsterdam