Burning king’s picture is free speech, European Court warns Spain

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

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

The decision from the European court, which is based 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 Spanish government did not have any immediate reaction to the ruling.

New York Times