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European Court of Human Rights : Bon v. Croatia

Dirk Voorhoof (UGent)
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The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has once more taken into consideration some specific features of offensive statements distributed over the Internet in a case applying Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). The applicant, an environmental activist, was convicted and fined for insulting a local politician, stating in public that the latter had “acted like a real cockroach”. The ECtHR found that the criminal conviction for insult violated the activist’s right to freedom of expression as guaranteed under Article 10 ECHR. The Court referred to the fact that the insulting statement had been posted on the website of a local NGO, with only a limited impact, and without the activist’s knowledge and consent.
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Freedom of expression, insult, public person, public debate, activist, online publication

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Voorhoof, Dirk. “European Court of Human Rights : Bon v. Croatia.” IRIS (ENGLISH ED. ONLINE), no. 5, 2021.
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D. Voorhoof, “European Court of Human Rights : Bon v. Croatia,” IRIS (ENGLISH ED. ONLINE), no. 5. 2021.
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  abstract     = {{The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has once more taken into consideration some specific features of offensive statements distributed over the Internet in a case applying Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). The applicant, an environmental activist, was convicted and fined for insulting a local politician, stating in public that the latter had “acted like a real cockroach”. The ECtHR found that the criminal conviction for insult violated the activist’s right to freedom of expression as guaranteed under Article 10 ECHR. The Court referred to the fact that the insulting statement had been posted on the website of a local NGO, with only a limited impact, and without the activist’s knowledge and consent.}},
  articleno    = {{2021-5:1/5}},
  author       = {{Voorhoof, Dirk}},
  issn         = {{2078-6158}},
  keywords     = {{Freedom of expression,insult,public person,public debate,activist,online publication}},
  language     = {{eng}},
  number       = {{5}},
  pages        = {{2}},
  series       = {{IRIS (ENGLISH ED. ONLINE)}},
  title        = {{European Court of Human Rights : Bon v. Croatia}},
  url          = {{http://merlin-int.obs.coe.int/article/9163}},
  year         = {{2021}},
}