European court to decide Icelandic libel cases

The European Court of Human Rights has decided to take on two cases from Iceland in which journalists were found guilty of libel. This has been confirmed by the Icelandic Association of Journalists.

The cases centre on articles written by Bjork Eidsdottir for Vikan magazine and Erla Hlynsdottir in the DV newspaper.

In both cases, Icelandic courts found the writers guilty of libel against strip club owners over their choice of language.

The European court has given the Icelandic state until the 16th February to bring any comments and observations to the table.

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