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European Court of Human Rights (Grand Chamber) : NIT S.R.L. v. the Republic of Moldova

Dirk Voorhoof (UGent)
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The Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has found no violation of the right to freedom of expression and information in a case concerning the withdrawal of a television station’s licence in Moldova. The licence of the television channel NIT was revoked in 2012 because of the failure to provide balanced political coverage, and in particular, for its biased support of the communist opposition party in Moldova (PCRM) and its harsh criticism of (members of) the Government and its supporting coalition, the Alliance for European Integration (AEI). The ECtHR was satisfied that the Moldovan authorities had struck a fair balance between the general interest of the community in order to protect media pluralism and the right to freedom of expression of the television station as guaranteed by Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). Three judges dissented, arguing that the revocation decision was marred by serious procedural shortcomings, also raising substantial questions about the Moldovan media regulator’s impartiality in the process.
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Freedom of expression, pluralism, intern and extern pluralism, revocation of licence, unbalanced political coverage, right of defence

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Voorhoof, Dirk. “European Court of Human Rights (Grand Chamber) : NIT S.R.L. v. the Republic of Moldova.” IRIS (ENGLISH ED. ONLINE), no. 2022–6, 2022.
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Voorhoof, D. (2022). European Court of Human Rights (Grand Chamber) : NIT S.R.L. v. the Republic of Moldova.
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Voorhoof, Dirk. 2022. “European Court of Human Rights (Grand Chamber) : NIT S.R.L. v. the Republic of Moldova.” IRIS (ENGLISH ED. ONLINE).
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Voorhoof, Dirk. 2022. “European Court of Human Rights (Grand Chamber) : NIT S.R.L. v. the Republic of Moldova.” IRIS (ENGLISH ED. ONLINE).
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Voorhoof D. European Court of Human Rights (Grand Chamber) : NIT S.R.L. v. the Republic of Moldova. IRIS (ENGLISH ED. ONLINE). 2022.
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D. Voorhoof, “European Court of Human Rights (Grand Chamber) : NIT S.R.L. v. the Republic of Moldova,” IRIS (ENGLISH ED. ONLINE), no. 2022–6. 2022.
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  abstract     = {{The Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has found no violation of the right to freedom of expression and information in a case concerning the withdrawal of a television station’s licence in Moldova. The licence of the television channel NIT was revoked in 2012 because of the failure to provide balanced political coverage, and in particular, for its biased support of the communist opposition party in Moldova (PCRM) and its harsh criticism of (members of) the Government and its supporting coalition, the Alliance for European Integration (AEI). The ECtHR was satisfied that the Moldovan authorities had struck a fair balance between the general interest of the community in order to protect media pluralism and the right to freedom of expression of the television station as guaranteed by Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). Three judges dissented, arguing that the revocation decision was marred by serious procedural shortcomings, also raising substantial questions about the Moldovan media regulator’s impartiality in the process.}},
  articleno    = {{2022-6:1/13}},
  author       = {{Voorhoof, Dirk}},
  issn         = {{2078-6158}},
  keywords     = {{Freedom of expression,pluralism,intern and extern pluralism,revocation of licence,unbalanced political coverage,right of defence}},
  language     = {{eng}},
  number       = {{2022-6}},
  pages        = {{3}},
  series       = {{IRIS (ENGLISH ED. ONLINE)}},
  title        = {{European Court of Human Rights (Grand Chamber) : NIT S.R.L. v. the Republic of Moldova}},
  url          = {{https://merlin.obs.coe.int/article/9505}},
  year         = {{2022}},
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