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Freedom of expression: landmark judgments

Sunday Times v. United Kingdom (no. 1) (26 April 1979)

The case concerned the injunction served on the Sunday Times restraining publication of news about the pending civil proceedings brought by parents of children born with severe deformities through the taking of thalidomide by women during pregnancy.

The Court found a violation of Article 10 (freedom of expression); this is the first judgment concerning freedom of expression and information via the press.

Case-law of the Court and its contribution to protecting freedom of expression

Factsheet on the protection of journalistic sources

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