The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) held that the Icelandic courts were wrong to hold a website editor liable for publishing allegations made by two sisters that a relative, who was standing for election, had sexually abused them when they were children.
The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) held that comments made about a local politician elected to a post of responsibility within the district Council, in Ukraine, were not defamatory. Such comments were capable of justification within Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights.
The High Court of Ireland ordered Facebook to disclose the identity and location of an individual who was operating a page containing defamatory content. However, it did not grant injunctions requiring Facebook either to remove the posts or to prevent the material in them from being re-posted, given that the defendant could rely on statutory defences.
The European Court’s Fourth Section held that a civil action by a newspaper against a Polish politician, Jacek Kurski, for alleging that the newspaper had an agreement with an oil corporation to finance the newspaper’s mass propaganda against his political party, violated the politician’s freedom of expression.