Global Freedom of Expression

IRIS Themes, vol. III: Freedom of Expression, the Media and Journalists – Case-law of the European Court of Human Rights – 9th edition

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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, 2024

Prepared in collaboration with the Institute for Information Law (IViR) of the University of Amsterdam, this publication is the ninth edition of the third e-book in the European Audiovisual Observatory’s IRIS Themes series. The book represents a structured reference resource on the ECtHR’s case law as it relates to Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights. Lawyers, judges, policymakers, civil society, media, scholars, and students might find the resource useful.


from the Foreword by Maja Cappello, IRIS Coordinator, Head of the Department for Legal Information, European Audiovisual Observatory

This revised edition contains summaries of 398 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 2023 and can be retrieved from our 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 1994-2023.

Compilation of case-law summaries.

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.


Dirk Voorhoof

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

Ad van Loon

European Audiovisual Observatory

Charlotte Vier


Ronan Ó Fathaigh

Institute for Information Law (IViR), University of Amsterdam

Amélie Blocman


Tarlach McGonagle (Editorial supervision)

Institute for Information Law (IViR), University of Amsterdam