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13th March 2018, 20:33

European Court says publicly burning photograph of the King & Queen of Spain not illegal

The European Court of Human Rights has said that Spain wrongfully condemned two Catalans for publicly burning a photograph of the King and Queen, saying that the act was justifiable political criticism.

In their unanimous ruling, the judges said they were “not convinced” that the burning “could reasonably be construed as incitement to hatred or violence.”

The decision from the European court in Strasbourg, France, comes as Spain has mounted a series of challenges to freedom of expression by social media users as well as rappers and other artists.

The European Court ordered Spain to reimburse the men’s €2,700 fines and pay for their legal costs.