The case concerned the arrest of a photojournalist during a demonstration and his subsequent conviction for disobeying the police. The court underlined in particular that Markus Pentikäinen had not been arrested for acting as a photographer but for refusing to obey police orders to leave the scene of the demonstration. His equipment had not been confiscated and he had not been sanctioned.
Judgment of 4 February 2014, Application no. 11882/10, Case referred to the Grand Chamber on 3 June 2014 Photographer’s conviction for disobeying the police while covering a demonstration but no Violation of Article 10. Case referred to Grand Chamber.
In its Chamber judgment of 4 February 2014 the court held, by five votes to two, that there had been no violation of Article 10 of the convention. It found that the Finnish courts had struck a fair balance between the competing interests at stake and that the interference with the applicant’s freedom of expression had been “necessary in a democratic society.” The court underlined in particular that Pentikäinen had not been arrested for acting as a photographer but for refusing to obey police orders to leave the scene of the demonstration. His equipment had not been confiscated and he had not been sanctioned. On 2 June 2014 the applicant’s request for referral was accepted by the Grand Chamber.
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