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Axel Springer AG v. Germany
European Court of Human Rights
 ECHR 227 (2012)
A well-known actor (the actor) was publicly arrested at a Munich beer festival for possession of cocaine. The actor often spoke to the press about details of his own private life. Bild, a daily German newspaper published by Axel Springer AG (plaintiff), published one article about the actor’s arrest and a second article about his public hearing and confession. Bild confirmed its information with the prosecuting authorities and did not believe anonymity for the actor was necessary. A German court issued an injunction prohibiting further publications about the actor’s arrest and conviction. Axel Springer AG brought an action in the European Court of Human Rights, arguing that the injunction violated the European Convention on Human Rights (the convention).
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Per curiam)
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