Greece: Human rights court ruling on election polls media ban

Human rights judges have dismissed complaints against Greece’s ban which prevents the publication of opinion polls on voting intentions for 15 days prior to elections.

Greece’s legislators  also stopped  the media from broadcasting or re-broadcasting the polls.

In its 7 September decision in the case of Dimitras and Others v. Greece (applications nos. 59573/09 and 65211/09) the European Court of Human Rights has unanimously declared the applications inadmissible. The decision is final.

The court stressed that the legislation in question had not targeted the applicants personally and that they had been affected in precisely the same way as all voters in the elections of 4 October 2009, none of whom had had access to the opinion polls.

They had not been barred from voting in the elections and had still been able, both in theory and in practice, to express their choice at the ballot box.


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