Published: 1 Jun 2008 | By Grigor Avetisyan

Decriminalisation of defamation


In October 2007, PACE called for states to apply defamation laws “with the utmost restraint” and to abolish prison sentences for defamation. Despite a 2005 resolution of the Russian Supreme Court, according to the NGO Article 19, defamation has emerged in recent years as one of the most serious constraints on freedom of expression.

In this article, Grigor Avetisyan considers the ECtHR’s approach to cases of criminal libel convictions and what this means for freedom of expression. To read the full article, click on the link below.