24 Jul 2010

Suspension of newspaper violates freedom of press: ECHR

In a recent decision in the case of Turgey and Others v. Turkey, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has declared that suspension of publication of two newspapers by Turkey constituted violation of freedom of press. The suspension was carried out in view of a local court order on account of various news reports and articles published in the newspapers wherein "the impugned publications were mainly deemed to be propaganda in favour of a terrorist organisation". 

The ECHR followed its earlier ruling in the case of Ürper and Others v. Turkey as being squarely applicable and determinative of the law on the issue and even went on to grant damages to the newspapers as compensation for the violation. Have a look at the decision.

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