Sándor Fábry vs. Péter György: freedom of expression won!

The case of the showman versus the aesthete has come to an end. HCLU has represented the Péter György, the aesthete and the right to expression.

HCLU’s deputy Péter György, acted for by attorney András Schiffer won the suit on the court of appeal as well. According to the court of law, Péter György’s opinion “ he called the showman a racist and gipsy-hater “did not transgress the boundaries of free demonstration of opinions. Sándor Fábry filed a suit against Péter György for the violation of his personal rights, because the criticist called him a gipsy-hater and a racist in a radio programme. The court of first instance ruled out the action at law of the suitor and declared that the objected opinion is on the boundary of expression of opinions, but does not cross it. The court of appeal accepted the judgement of the court of first instance. According to the justification of the court of appeal’s judgement, the controversial statement that called Fábry a gipsy-hater and a racist can be unambigously considered an expression of opinion, and the defendant did not transgress the boundaries of demonstration of opinions. The court also declared that Sándor Fábry is part of the public life, who shapes the notion of many people by the show under his name. As such he should be more tolerant to the criticisms of his activity. There is no way to appeal against the order of the court of appeal.

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Péter György represented by András Schiffer, lawyer of the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union (HCLU) won the lawsuit against Sándor Fábry in front of the court of the first instance. According to the court the statement made by Péter György – calling the showman racist and accusing him of showing hatred against gypsies - is “on the cutting edge of freedom of expression but it does not exceed its borders.”