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Journalists Win Case Against State

Journalists Erla Hlynsdóttir and Björk Eiðsdóttir won a case against the Icelandic state at the European Court of Human Rights on Tuesday. The State has been ordered to pay the journalists damages, ruv.is reports.

newspapers_psArchive photo by Páll Stefánsson.

The journalists, who were writing for DV and Vikan respectively, were sued for defamation by the owners of two strip clubs in the capital area after quoting sources who implied that illegal activity was taking place at the clubs. After losing the case at the Supreme Court of Iceland in 2009, the journalists took their appeal to the European Court of Human Rights.

The Court found that the judgment violated the tenth article of the European Convention on Human Rights regarding free speech.

The Icelandic state has been ordered to pay Björk nearly ISK 6 million (USD 47,000, EUR 38,000) and Erla ISK 3.5 million (USD 27,350, EUR 22,200).

Click here to read about the laws on strip dancing in Iceland.

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