Freedom of expression

Nagla versus Latvia (16 July 2013)

The case concerned the search by the police of a well-known broadcast journalist’s home, and their seizure of data storage devices. Her home was searched following a broadcast she had aired in February 2010 informing the public of an information leak from the State Revenue Service database.

The Court found a violation of Article 10 (Freedom of expression) emphasising that the right of journalists not to disclose their sources could not be considered a privilege, dependent on the lawfulness or unlawfulness of their sources, but rather as an intrinsic part of the right to information.

Sunday Times versus United Kingdom (no. 1) (26 April 1979)

The case concerned the injunction served on the Sunday Times restraining publication of news about the pending civil proceedings brought by parents of children born with severe deformities through the taking of thalidomide by women during pregnancy.

The Court found a violation of Article 10 (freedom of expression); this is the first judgment concerning freedom of expression and information via the press.

  Case-law of the Court and its contribution to protecting freedom of expression

  Factsheet on the protection of journalistic sources