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Jersild v Denmark

[1994] 19 EHRR 1

Case summary last updated at 06/02/2020 11:14 by the Oxbridge Notes in-house law team.

Judgement for the case Jersild v Denmark

P was a journalist and broadcast an interview of him questioning 3 racists who made racist remarks on air. The interviewees were convicted of breaking race laws and P was convicted with aiding and abetting. European Court of Human Rights said that his conviction was a violation of his freedom of expression under article 10. The court said that the purpose of the programme was not in any way racist and that it was hugely important that phenomena like racism could be discussed publicly. Without the ability to show such programmes, the press couldn’t act as a watchdog

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