European rights court rejects appeal by Norwegian editors

17th April 2009, Comments 0 comments

Under Norwegian law, an accused cannot be filmed without consent.

Strasbourg -- Europe's top human rights court Thursday rejected an appeal by the chief editors of two top Norwegian dailies against an earlier ruling censuring them for publishing photographs of a woman sentenced for murder.

The European Court of Human Rights threw out the appeal by John Olav Egeland of the Dagbladet newspaper and Einar Hanseid of the Aftenposten daily who were also fined for the photographs showing her leaving the court in tears.

They were each fined 1,139 euros (1,502 dollars) for the photographs of the woman after she was sentenced to 21 years for a triple murder. The court had ruled the newspapers were guilty of violating the right to privacy.

Under Norwegian law, an accused cannot be filmed without consent.

The court said that while the case was in public domain, the photographs were "extremely indiscreet" and showed the woman in an "extremely vulnerable psychological state."

AFP/Expatica

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