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Kaboğlu and Oran v. Turkey, Nos. 1759/08, 50766/10 and 50782/10, ECtHR (Second Section), 30 October 2018

Type Judgment
Case number 1759/08, 50766/10, 50782/10


Lack of protection by Turkish courts in favor of the authors of a report on minority rights.

Normative references

Art. 8 ECHR


1. In order for there to be a violation of Article 8 ECHR, it is necessary for the allegations made against someone to be so serious as to cause damage to their reputation.

2. It could not be inferred from the findings of the national courts that they had correctly balanced the applicants' right to respect for their private life and freedom of the press. The judgments of the domestic courts had not provided a satisfactory answer to the question whether the freedom of the press could justify, in the circumstances of the case, the damage caused to the applicants' right to respect for their private life.
(The applicants, university lecturers specialising in human rights, after publishing a report on the conditions of minorities in Turkey, were the target of a harsh media campaign against them and their work).