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The Court of Justice of the European Union Limits Free Speech

The Court of Justice of the European Union Limits Free Speech

Country: 
European Union
News Date: 
08/11/2019
Lancastrian
Summary: 
  • "This judgment has major implications for online freedom of expression around the world.... The ruling also means that a court in one EU member state will be able to order the removal of social media posts in other countries, even if they are not considered unlawful there. This would set a dangerous precedent where the courts of one country can control what internet users in another country can see. This could be open to abuse, particularly by regimes with weak human rights records." — Thomas Hughes, executive director of ARTICLE 19, a non-profit organization that works on "protecting the right to freedom of expression around the world," October 3, 2019.

  • The judgment from the Court of Justice of the European Union... appears to give EU member states unprecedented power to determine public discourse online -- to determine what citizens can and cannot read.... [T]he prospects now look even bleaker for the future of free speech in Europe.