Journalism and Media cases
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.”
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.
Georgiy Gongadze—a journalist and longtime critic of human rights practices in Ukraine—was kidnapped and brutally murdered on 16th September 2000. A decapitated body largely believed to belong to Georgiy was found two months later.