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Belek and Özkurt v. Turkey (no. 6), No. 4375/09, ECtHR (Second Section), 17 June 2014


Freedom of expression and publications. Applications of the principle in the publication of an article reporting the declarations made by a terrorist organization.

Normative references

Art. 10 ECHR
Art. 6 ECHR


The Court finds that there is a violation of art. 10 of the Convention (right to freedom of expression) in the conviction of the chief heads of a magazine, responsible for publishing an article containing the declarations of an armed illegal organization. In the present case, there is a violation because the declarations are not deemed to incite violence but rather relate to the requests advanced by the organization to achieve negotiations with the Government.