Freedom of expression or criminal blasphemy?: ES v Austria

In ES v Austria [2018] ECHR 891, the ECtHR rejected the applicant’s complaint that her criminal conviction for disparaging religious doctrines [Herabwürdigung religiöser Lehren] – in effect, for describing the Prophet Muhammad’s marriage to Aisha as paedophilia – had violated her right to freedom of expression under Article 10 ECHR [3].

The background

From January 2008, Ms ES had held several seminars entitled “Basic Information on Islam” at the right-wing Freedom Party Educational Institute [Bildungsinstitut der Freiheitlichen Partei Österreichs]. Continue reading