Prisoner should have Lithuania internet access - Europe court

Prisoner should have Lithuania internet access - Europe court
# 18 January 2017 01:31 (UTC +04:00)

A Lithuanian man in jail was unjustly denied access to the internet by authorities, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has found, APA reports quoting BBC.

The court said he had a right to freedom of expression, enshrined in the European Convention on Human Rights.

Lithuanian authorities had barred Henrikas Jankovskis from going online to apply for a law course, citing security concerns.

But the court ruled they had not provided sufficient reasons for a ban.

It pointed out that the websites Jankovskis had wanted to visit were all government-run.

The right of access to the internet has gone before the ECHR before.

In January 2016, it said that governments were not allowed to stop a person receiving information but that did not mean there was a general obligation to provide prisoners with access to the internet or specific websites.

European governments widely limit prisoners' access to specific websites on security grounds.

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