Thorgeir Thorgeirson v Iceland: ECHR 25 Jun 1992

Two newspaper articles reported widespread rumours of brutality by the Reykjavik police. These rumours had some substantiation in fact, a policeman had been convicted recently. The purpose of the articles was to promote an investigation by an independent body.
Held: ‘freedom of expression constitutes one of the essential foundations of a democratic society’. Although the articles were framed in particularly strong terms, they bore on a matter of serious public concern. The factual elements in the relevant articles consisted essentially of references to ‘stories’ or ‘rumours’, emanating from persons other than the applicant, or ‘public opinion’ involving allegations of police brutality, and it was unreasonable to require the writer to prove that unspecified members of the Reykjavik police force had committed acts of serious assault resulting in disablement.
(1992) 14 EHRR 843, 13778/88, [1992] ECHR 51
Woorldlii, Bailii
European Convention on Human Rights 10
Human Rights
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Updated: 24 August 2021; Ref: scu.165204