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Trajan Shipley
13th October 2021
Human Rights

ECtHR condemns Moldova for bringing defamation proceedings against reporters

The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) delivered yesterday its judgment in The Association of Investigative Reporters and Editorial Security of Moldova and Sanduța v. the Republic of Moldova (application no. 4358/19), finding Moldova had violated Article 10 of the European Convention of Human Rights (freedom of speech) by not offering sufficient redress to several journalists who were victims of politically-connected defamation proceedings.

The applicants were responsible for a press article which reported on the Socialist Party of Moldova’s alleged financing by an offshore company with Russian ties ahead of the 2016 Presidential elections. The Socialist Party initiated defamation proceedings claiming that no State body had fo


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