Freedom of speech does not justify insulting the prophet Mohammed, ruled the ECtHR

© AFP 2018 / Johanna LeguerreЗдание the European court of human rights (ECHR) in Strasbourg. Archival photoFreedom of speech does not justify insulting the prophet Mohammed, ruled the ECtHR© AFP 2018 / Johanna Leguerre

The European court of human rights (ECHR) on Thursday ruled that the principle of freedom of speech cannot justify the insults to the prophet Muhammad, in connection with the written citizen of Austria the penalty for the charges of the Central figures of Islam of pedophilia does not violate her right to freedom of expression.

According to the court’s decision, we are talking about the case of the citizen E. by S. of Vienna. In October and November 2009, she held two workshops on «Basic information about Islam.» Talking about one of the wives of the prophet Muhammad Aisha, which at the time of the actual beginning of married life supposedly was only nine years old, E. S. called the prophet a pedophile.

In February 2011, the regional criminal court of Vienna recognized E. S. guilty of contempt of religious doctrines and ordered her to pay a fine of 480 euros. The court of appeal of Vienna rejected the appeal of E. S., in connection with which it appealed to the ECHR, stating that the Austrian courts had violated article 10 of the European Convention on human rights on freedom of expression.

«ECHR decided unanimously that in the case of E. S. V. Austria article 10 (freedom of expression) of the European Convention on human rights are not violated,» reads the court’s decision.

In particular, the ECtHR found that the Austrian courts have carefully analyzed the «broad context» of the statements of E. S. and «balanced combined her right to free speech with the right of other citizens to protection of religious feelings», thus preventing a conflict on religious grounds.

«Local courts advanced relevant and sufficient arguments regarding controversial statements as going beyond the legal framework objective disputes and recognizing their aggressive attacks of the Islamic prophet, which could threaten the religious order,» — concluded in the ECHR.

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