On January 15, 2009, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled in favor of French publishers Olivier Orban and Xavier de Bartillat who were convicted in 2002 of defending war crimes. The book which led to their initial conviction, Services Spéciaux Algérie 1955-1957, described torture and summary executions carried out during the Algerian War. The ECHR determined that the convictions were a violation of the publishers' freedom of expression, as enshrined in Article 10 of the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights [PDF]. The court awarded the publishers €38,041 in damages and legal costs.
European Court of Human Rights
Learn more about the ECHR and the laws governing freedom of expression from the JURIST news archive.