Index.hu appealed to the European Court of Human Rights after several Hungarian courts ruled against the online news portal for unmoderated comments.
News portals can't be held responsible for readers' comments appear below the articles ruled the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg on Tuesday.
Lawsuits against online news portals began five years ago, after ingatlanbazar.com and ingatlandepo.com complained that under certain articles defamatory comments appeared about them.
Even after the comments were removed from the website Hungarian courts ruled that the articles violated the rights and good reputation of the mentioned portals.
The judgment was upheld by the appellate court, the Curia, and the Constitutional Court as well.
In contrast, the European Court of Human Rights has now ruled that publishers could only be guilty if they had not removed the offending comments from the websites at the request of the offended party.
The decision can change the domestic media market, as many websites shut down their comment sections for fear of being sued for comments they have no control over write index.hu.
(index.hu – hungarianambiance.com)