Handyside v United Kingdom

Handyside v United Kingdom (5493/72) was a case decided by the European Court of Human Rights in 1976. Its conclusion contains the famous phrase that:

"Freedom of expression...is applicable not only to 'information' or 'ideas' that are favourably received or regarded as inoffensive or as a matter of indifference, but also to those that offend, shock or disturb the State or any sector of the population"

Paragraph 49 of the judgment

Nevertheless, the court did not find for the applicant, who had been fined for publishing a book deemed to be obscene.