Emory International Law Review


This Comment addresses the human rights issues presented by the Alfano Decree in the age of the internet as a medium to publish ideas and information for public consumption. Specifically, what constitutes an infringement of the fundamental human right of freedom of expression, as recognized in Article 10(1) of the Convention? Part I provides an overview of the rise of the blog and the blogger as a citizen journalist as well as a discussion of the relevant provisions of the Alfano Decree and the Italian Prime Minister's influence on the media in the country. Part II begins by summarizing the Convention and the European Court of Human Rights ('ECHR'). Part II then utilizes the freedom of speech issue presented by the Alfano Decree to analyze ECHR case law for its interpretation of Article 10. Finally, Part III advocates against the approval of the Alfano Decree.