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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