Generalised ban of election-related publications during pre-election ‘silence period’ in Russia breaches freedom of expression, ECtHR rules
The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has handed down its judgment in Assotsiatsiya NGO Golos and Others v. Russia (application no. 41055/12), ruling that Russian legislation banning the publication of certain information or data five days prior to an election is not compatible with the freedom of expression under Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR).
The case concerns the administrative fines imposed on a non-governmental organisation (NGO), devoted to monitoring electoral campaigns, on account of the information that it published online, regarding alleged violations of the electoral legislation, before the elections to the State Duma in 2011. The organisation was dissolved in March 2020. According to