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Dissenting opinion of Judge Lohmus in the case of Wingrove v. the United Kingdom, No. 17419/90, ECtHR (Chamber), 26 November 1996

Type Dissenting opinions
Case number 17419/90


Ban on the distribution of a blasphemous film. Legitimate interference with freedom of expression.

Normative references

Art. 10 ECHR


When blasphemy laws aim to protect the belief of only one religion, there remains a question of whether the interference with freedom of expression could be interpreted as necessary in a democratic society.

(Case concerning the refusal of British authorities to grant a distribution certificate for a videotape whose contents were considered to be blasphemous. The British law of blasphemy only protects the Christian religion).