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Delfi v Estonia : forum and news site administrators caught cold by Strasbourg Court ?

Étienne MONTERO
Professeur ordinaire à l’Université de Namur

et

Quentin VAN ENIS
Maître de conférences à l’Université de Namur
Chargé de cours invité à l’Université catholique de Louvain
Avocat au barreau de Bruxelles

16 juin 2015 - Cour eur. dr. h., Gde Ch., Delfi AS c. Estonie

By its judgment in the case Delfi AS v. Estonia, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights held, by fifteen votes to two, that the conviction of a news portal on the basis of online comments posted by users does not violate the right to freedom of expression protected by Article 10 of the Convention. This judgment raises questions, firstly, in terms of foreseeability of the decision holding the applicant company liable, taking into account the exemption from liability under European law in favour of hosting service providers, and, secondly, as regards to the risk of private censorship it creates for the exercise of freedom of expression online.

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Cour eur. dr. h., Gde Ch., arrêt Delfi AS c. Estonie, 16 juin 2015