European court of human rights privacy criteria hampers media – legal experts

The introduction of privacy criteria into freedom of expression cases at the European court of human rights is in danger of undermining the media’s ability to pursue the truth, legal experts have warned.A series of judgments by the Strasbourg court has begun to blur the boundaries between privacy and defamation cases, according to Hugh Tomlinson QC. His concerns are supported by the free-speech organisation Index on Censorship, which warns that the ECHR precedents could “hamper investigative journalism” in Europe.

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