Press Release – European Court of Human Rights

On 2 February 2016, the European Court of Human Rights decided that a self-regulatory body (Magyar Tartalomszolgáltatók Egyesülete, MTE) and an Internet news portal (Index.hu Zrt) were not liable for the offensive comments posted by their readers on their respective websites. Anonymous users of MTE and Index.hu Zrt had posted vulgar and offensive online comments on a real estate website, following the  publication  of  an  opinion on MTE and Index.hu Zrt critisising the misleading business practices of two real estate websites. The European Court found that by holding MTE and Index.hu Zrt liable for the comments, the Hungarian courts had violated the right to freedom of expression as guaranteed by Article 10 ECHR. Click here to read the Press Release issued by the Registrar of the Court.