Drunken doctors, protesting politicians and the reporter's duty to verify facts: Selistö v Finland (ECHR, App. no. 56767/00)

Caddell, Richard
February 2005
Communications Law: Journal of Computer, Media & Telecommunicati;2005, Vol. 10 Issue 1, p25
Academic Journal
The article discusses the decision made by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on the Selistö versus Finland and its impact on the duties and responsibilities aspect of press freedom in Great Britain. The decision is considered as one of the most significant judgments that have been delivered by the ECHR concerning the conduct expected of a journalist. The court have convicted a journalist for defamation committed despite better knowledge under the Finnish Penal Code. The said decision had emphasized that an official report should be inherently trustworthy and that a reporter is under no additional obligation to verify the factual basis of the document.


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