Finnish journalists awarded €37,000 after Strasbourg court victory

Reinboth and Others v. Finland (application no. 30865/08)

The applicants are Helsingin Sanomat Oy, publisher of Helsingin Sanomat, a daily newspaper based in Helsinki, and its editor-in-chief, Janne Sakari Virkkunen, as well as one of its journalists, Susanna Helena Reinboth, Finnish nationals who were born in 1963 and 1948 respectively and live in Helsinki.

The case concerned the applicants’ conviction and order to pay damages for publishing information in 2002 about the private life (contained in a court judgment) of the communications manager of Esko Aho, one of the presidential candidates during the 2000 election campaign. They relied on Articles 7 (no punishment without law) and 10 (freedom of expression) of the European Convention on Human Rights.

Violation of Article 10

No violation of Article 7

Just satisfaction: 29,030.08 euros (EUR) (pecuniary damage) and EUR 8,000 (costs and expenses)

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