ECtHR in Becker: Robust protection of journalistic sources remains a basic condition for press freedom

After our first assessment of the Becker ruling of the ECtHR, here is a more in-depth analysis of the verdict.

Guest post by prof. Dirk Voorhoof, Ghent University.*

In the judgment in the case Becker v. Norway the ECtHR showed once more its concern about the importance of the protection of journalistic sources for press freedom and investigative journalism in particular. The ECtHR emphasised that a journalist’s protection under Article 10 ECHR cannot automatically be removed by virtue of a source’s own conduct, and that source protection applies also when a source’s identity is known. The judgment has …read more