Media freedom of expression at the Strasbourg Court

Current predictability of the standard of protection offered

Authored by: Helen Fenwick

The Routledge Companion to Media and Human Rights

Print publication date:  June  2017
Online publication date:  July  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138665545
eBook ISBN: 9781315619835
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It is frequently said that the Strasbourg Court under Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights provides a high degree of protection for media expression (Fenwick and Phillipson 2006). The Court has repeatedly asserted that freedom of expression ‘constitutes one of the essential foundations of a democratic society’, 1 and that it ‘is applicable not only to “information” or “ideas” that are favourably received or regarded as inoffensive or as a matter of indifference, but also to those that “offend, shock or disturb”’. 2

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