The "EU-CoE Joint Project on Strengthening the Capacity of the Turkish Judiciary on Freedom of Expression” is co-funded by the European Union, the Council of Europe and the Republic of Turkey. The Project which will be implemented by the Council of Europe (CoE) in cooperation with the Justice Academy of Turkey (JAT) will be carried out between 2 September 2014 and 1 December 2016. The Constitutional Court, the Court of Cassation, the Council of State, the High Council for Judges and Prosecutors and the Ministry of Justice will contribute to the Project as the partners.

The main objective of the Project is to contribute to a better protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms, especially the right to freedom of expression, in Turkey.

The project’s activities will enhance the application of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) and the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) case law and improve the application of human rights standards in the field of freedom of expression and media in the daily work of the judiciary through the interpretation and implementation of the legislation in force in line with European standards.

During the planning and the implementation phases of the project, an inclusive approach will be adopted in order to incorporate all relevant stakeholders, namely representatives from the High Courts, the High Council of Judges and Prosecutors, the Ministry of Justice, bar associations, universities (faculties of law, communication, art, social sciences etc.) representatives of media and the civil society. A number of events are envisaged to bring both governmental and non-governmental actors together during the Project.

All the capacity development activities will be carried out in close co-operation with the European Programme for Human Rights Education for Legal Professionals-HELP (, which is the platform gathering all capacity development resources for legal professionals of the Council of Europe.


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Article 10 of the ECHR

Article 10 of the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms 

1. Everyone has the right to freedom of expression. This right shall include freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart information and ideas without interference by public authority and regardless of frontiers. This Article shall not prevent States from requiring the licensing of broadcasting, television or cinema enterprises.

2. The exercise of these freedoms, since it carries with it duties and responsibilities, may be subject to such formalities, conditions, restrictions or penalties as are prescribed by law and are necessary in a democratic society, in the interests of national security, territorial integrity or public safety, for the prevention of disorder or crime, for the protection of health or morals, for the protection of the reputation or rights of others, for preventing the disclosure of information received in confidence, or for maintaining the authority and impartiality of the judiciary.

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