Freedom of Expression and Freedom of the Press

Freedom of expression and freedom of the press are two fundamental principles upon which our society is built. But this freedom reaches its limits where a person’s private or even intimate sphere is concerned.

Anwalt für Äußerungsrecht und PresserechtIt can be difficult to assess where the boundary lies between a celebrity’s right to private life and to protect their personality and the press’ right to free speech, as well as society’s general right to information. Legal analysis on a case-by-case basis is often required. If a person’s reputation has indeed been damaged, there a number of legal options to pursue the matter.

However, it is not only private persons who are at risk of having their reputation damaged in the media. Companies now appear regularly in the headlines and have to deal with negative press. The damage caused to a company’s image can have severe commercial consequences.

As a result of the internet, it is not only through the traditional media that a person’s reputation can damaged, but also through the vast possibilities offered by new media to publish instantaneous comments.

The experts at WILDE BEUGER SOLMECKE are there to help you with your questions on free speech, the freedom of the press, the protection of personality rights and the law of defamation. They can use their years of experience to advise you on contentious and non-contentious matters.

Our legal services in the area of freedom of expression and the law of the press:

Our lawyers would be happy to advise you on the following topics:

We can support you in claims against representatives of traditional media against:

  • Journalists
  • Bloggers
  • Online rating platforms
  • Competitors
  • Other persons involved in infringements

We would be happy to advise you. You can call us on +49 (0) 221 / 951 563 0 from 8:00 – 20:00 daily.

Christian Solmecke is a partner at the law firm WILDE BEUGER SOLMECKE. He is the author of numerous legal publications in the area of internet and IT law. He is also an associate lecturer for social media law at the Cologne University of Applied Sciences.

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