The European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France, today, Tuesday, condemned Switzerland for forcing a journalist to reveal her sources of news in a drug-trafficking case.
The court stressed the "importance" of information sources for journalists in a "democratic society".
The case dates back to 2012 when the Swiss journalist, Nina Yaker, published an article in a daily newspaper in the city of Pal, in her country, about the activities of a drug dealer, who for years had been selling cannabis and hashish after visiting it in his apartment.
Her article led to the opening of a judicial investigation into the matter, after which the court asked her to testify about him, but the journalist refused. The local court stated that her refusal to testify is legal and legitimate. However, the judgment of the appeal in the Federal Court violated, and forced her to disclose in her testimony the sources of her information, under the pretext that she is the only one able to prove the accusation against the drug dealer, and that "the public interest is more important than the private interest" of the journalist in protecting her sources.
After eight years, the position of the European Court of Human Rights came in favor of the Swiss journalist, with the consensus of the judges, considering the decision of the Swiss judiciary against her in violation of Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights on freedom of expression. In the text of their decision, the judges insisted on "the importance of the protection of press sources for freedom of the press in a democratic society."
Source: European media.