Freedom of Expression and the EU’s Ban on Russia Today: A Dangerous Rubicon Crossed

Communications Law, 2022, Volume 27, Issue 4, pp. 186-193

19 Pages Posted: 11 Jan 2023

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Ronan Ó Fathaigh

University of Amsterdam - Institute for Information Law (IViR)

Dirk Voorhoof

Human Rights Centre, Ghent University; Human Rights Centre UGent

Date Written: December 2022

Abstract

In RT France v Council, the General Court of the European Union found that the ban on RT France in the EU did not violate the right to freedom of expression and media freedom, under Article 11 of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights. Notably, the General Court sought to apply principles from case law of the European Court of Human Rights and international human rights law. This article argues that there are serious questions to be raised over the General Court’s reasoning in RT France, and the judgment arguably represents a deeply problematic application of European and international free expression principles.

Keywords: Freedom Of Expression, EU Law, ECHR Law, Broadcast Ban, Human Rights

Suggested Citation

Ó Fathaigh, Ronan and Voorhoof, Dirk, Freedom of Expression and the EU’s Ban on Russia Today: A Dangerous Rubicon Crossed (December 2022). Communications Law, 2022, Volume 27, Issue 4, pp. 186-193, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4322452 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4322452

Ronan Ó Fathaigh (Contact Author)

University of Amsterdam - Institute for Information Law (IViR) ( email )

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Dirk Voorhoof

Human Rights Centre, Ghent University ( email )

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Belgium

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Human Rights Centre UGent ( email )

Universiteitstraat 4
Ghent, B-9000
Belgium

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