Flux a pierdut la CEDO contra RM (dosarul nr. 6)

Azi pagina oficială a Curţii Europene a Dreprurilor Omului spune că instanţa n-a găsit încălcarea articolului 10, libertatea de exprimare, în cazul publicaţiei (de propagandă ppcd-ist roş-chistă) FLUX, care se conţine în dosarul nr. 6 al acestui reclamant contra RM.
Iată textul comunicatului cu descrierea succintă a cazului în Engleză:
No violation of Article 10

Flux v. Moldova (No. 6) (no. 22824/04)

The applicant, Flux, is a newspaper based in Chişinău.

In February 2003 the newspaper published an article about Spiru Haret High School in which, having received an anonymous letter from a group of students’ parents, it alleged that the school’s principal had misappropriated school funds and taken bribes in exchange for enrolling children in his school. The case concerned the applicant newspaper’s complaint about the ensuing civil proceedings brought against it for defamation of the school principal. The applicant newspaper relied on Article 10 (freedom of expression).

The Court noted the serious accusations against the principal and the fact that the newspaper had not carried out any kind of investigation into the matter, including trying to contact the school principal to ask his opinion on the accusations. Moreover, the newspaper had refused the principal’s right to publish a reply. Stressing that the right to freedom of expression did not give newspapers an absolute right to act in an irresponsible manner and make accusations with no factual basis, without even offering the possibility to refute them, the Court found that the applicant newspaper had blatantly disregarded the duties of responsible journalism. It therefore held by four votes to three that there had been no violation of Article 10. (The judgment is available only in English.)

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