• Access Denied
  • August 26, 2013 | Author: Gönenç Gürkaynak
  • Law Firm: ELIG Attorneys-at-Law - Istanbul Office
  • In its decision of Ahmet Yildirim v. Turkey (Case No. 3111/10), given on 18 December 2012, The European Court of Human Rights concluded that Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights (Convention) which regulates freedom of expression, was violated because the access ban decision of the Denizli Criminal Court of Peace restricted rights of the Internet users and had a collaretal effect upon freedom of expression. The Court's decision may bring about various commercial issues with respect to web-based companies such as Google, as well as third-parties such as content providers benefiting from the online ads they embed into their websites. This article discusses the Court's decision, and draws out the legal implications for companies operating in the Internet sector.