ECHR ruling that confirms news sites are liable for comments




That news are liable for readers responses is not contrary to freedom of expression and press freedom. That the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights decided Tuesday.

The Grand Chamber confirms thus an earlier ruling of the European Court of Human Rights. Fifteen judges of the Grand Chamber agreed that there was no violation of Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights, two of them felt that this is the case. Article 10 of the Convention regulates the right to freedom of expression and press freedom.

The Grand Chamber considered that the comments where it had went from extreme nature and that the site in question had not taken adequate measures to remove comments quickly. Comments could be posted anonymously. The ECtHR points out that these were responses to an article from a commercial news site.

The site where it was going to the Estonian news site Delfi. In response to an article on modification of routes by a company were uttered threats, and the owner demanded that the reactions were removed. The site that gave insufficient heed after which the company claimed compensation Delfi because of reputational damage. He received compensation of 320 euros and that amount the ECtHR found reasonable.

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