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ECtHR: Are Criminal Defamation Laws protecting the Judiciary from legitimate criticism?


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ECtHR: Are Criminal Defamation Laws protecting the Judiciary from legitimate criticism?

Issued on 30th June 2015, the European Court of Human Rights has handed down a judgement in Peruzzi v Italy (App no 39294/09), a case concerning the criminal conviction of Mr Peruzzi, a disgruntled lawyer who made a complaint to the Superior Counsel of the Italian Judiciary about the conduct of a District Court judge at a trial. He subsequently wrote and circulated an open letter to members of that District Court concerning the conduct of the judge (omitting his name), as well as criticising the judiciary more generally.


By Article 19, UK.


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