Judgment concerning Lithuania

Hearing room Macatė v. Lithuania

In the case of Macatė v. Lithuania the Court held that there had been a violation of the freedom of expression.

This case concerned a book for nine-ten-year-olds written by an openly lesbian children’s author containing six stories based on traditional fairy tales but including characters from marginalised social groups and topics such as emigration and bullying. Two of the six fairy tales contain story lines of romantic relationships and marriages between persons of the same sex. Following a recommendation issued by the Inspectorate of Journalistic Ethics, the book was labelled by the publisher as possibly harmful to children under 14 years of age. The applicant, author of the book, died but her mother continued the proceedings before the ECHR in her place.

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