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Freedom Of Expression And Religious Feelings

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The protection of freedom of expression is especially important for individuals or groups who voice views or attitudes which do not correspond to dominant views. The enabling of the expression of views which are not dominant is the very core purpose of Article 10 European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR). As a principle, the freedom of expression extends to any expression, regardless of its content. From a consideration of the case law of the ECtHR regarding the protection of religious feelings, it emerges that the ECtHR has created a content-based restriction on freedom of expression. The neutrality of the state needs to be understood as the counterpart to citizens' freedom of thought, conscience and religion. In the cartoon affair, existing legislation protecting religious feelings was not applied. On the contrary, the publication of the cartoons was treated as a matter of protection of freedom of expression.

Keywords: cartoon affair; European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR); freedom of expression; religious feelings



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