Restrictions to freedom of speech in Turkey: The case of journalist Abdurrahman Dilipak

Restrictions to freedom of speech in Turkey: The case of journalist Abdurrahman Dilipak

Abdurrahman Dilipak has spent four decades as a journalist and human rights activist in Turkey. His writing would come to an abrupt halt in August 2003 after publishing an article criticising high ranking members of the Turkish military. Charged with “damaging hierarchical relations within the army,” and “denigrating the armed forces,” he spent six and half years defending his rights before the criminal courts.

In September 2015, the European Court of Human Rights ruled in his favour, finding that the criminal proceedings constituted an attempt “to suppress ideas or opinions considered as disruptive or shocking.”

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Restriction to broadcasting licensing and freedom of expression in Bulgaria: the Anatoliy Elenkov case

Restriction to broadcasting licensing and freedom of expression in Bulgaria: the Anatoliy Elenkov case

In October 2000, Bulgarian authorities refused to grant Anatoliy Elenkov a licence for his religious radio show, depriving him of both a means of income and the ability to share his religious faith with others. After deliberating in secret and refusing to let Antoliy know the reasons for its decision, the committee charged with reviewing such cases dismissed the radio show host’s appeal.

The European Court of Human Rights held that Anatoliy’s right to impart information and ideas and to be granted an effective remedy had been violated.

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Georgiy Gongadze and freedom of expression in Ukraine

Georgiy Gongadze and freedom of expression in Ukraine

Georgiy Gongadze—a journalist and longtime critic of human rights practices in Ukraine—was kidnapped and brutally murdered in 2000. The European Court of Human Rights found that the authorities had failed to take seriously the numerous threats that Georgiy had encountered in the run up to his death. The case remains unimplemented, because journalists in Ukraine continue to be threatened and assaulted on a regular basis - and the Gongadze case has never been properly investigated. EIN member the Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union advocates for the full implementation of the case, through the establishment of proper protections of all journalists.

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