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European Court of Human Rights : Bild GmbH & Co. KG v. Germany

Dirk Voorhoof (UGent)
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A judgment of 31 October 2023 of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) found a violation of Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) on request of Bild GmbH & Co. KG (Bild), the owner and operator of a news website (bild.de) in Germany. The case concerns a court ruling ordering Bild to cease publication of a CCTV footage of a police arrest without the face of one of the police officers involved being blurred. The ECtHR in particular opposed to the general reasoning in the court order that any unpixellated coverage of the police action would be unlawful. Such an approach could lead to an unacceptable ban of any non-consensual future publication of unedited images of police officers performing duties irrespective of the public interest in the use of force by the police. Therefore the court ruling was not necessary in a democratic society, which resulted in the finding of a violation of Bild’s right to freedom of expression and information.
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Freedom of expression, right to privacy, right to one's image, data protection, journalism, unpixellated coverage of the police action, CCTV, media website

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Voorhoof, Dirk. “European Court of Human Rights : Bild GmbH & Co. KG v. Germany.” IRIS (ENGLISH ED. ONLINE), no. 2024–1, 2024.
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Voorhoof, D. (2024). European Court of Human Rights : Bild GmbH & Co. KG v. Germany.
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Voorhoof, Dirk. 2024. “European Court of Human Rights : Bild GmbH & Co. KG v. Germany.” IRIS (ENGLISH ED. ONLINE).
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Voorhoof, Dirk. 2024. “European Court of Human Rights : Bild GmbH & Co. KG v. Germany.” IRIS (ENGLISH ED. ONLINE).
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Voorhoof D. European Court of Human Rights : Bild GmbH & Co. KG v. Germany. IRIS (ENGLISH ED. ONLINE). 2024.
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D. Voorhoof, “European Court of Human Rights : Bild GmbH & Co. KG v. Germany,” IRIS (ENGLISH ED. ONLINE), no. 2024–1. 2024.
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  articleno    = {{2024-1:1/19}},
  author       = {{Voorhoof, Dirk}},
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  keywords     = {{Freedom of expression,right to privacy,right to one's image,data protection,journalism,unpixellated coverage of the police action,CCTV,media website}},
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  title        = {{European Court of Human Rights : Bild GmbH & Co. KG v. Germany}},
  url          = {{https://merlin.obs.coe.int/article/9922}},
  year         = {{2024}},
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