N° 124/10




Washington, D.C., December 22, 2010—The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) filed an application with the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in Case 12.524, Fontevecchia and D'Amico, involving Argentina.


The case has to do with the violation of the right to freedom of expression of Jorge Fontevecchia and Hector D'Amico, who at the time of the events in question were director and editor, respectively, of the magazine Noticias. The IACHR concluded that the civil judgment imposed against them over the publication of two 1995 articles about an unacknowledged child of President Carlos Menem and a national congresswoman did not meet the requirements called for by the American Convention on Human Rights to justify the imposition of subsequent liability for the exercise of freedom of expression. Consequently, the Commission established that the State imposed a disproportionate restriction on the victims' right to freedom of thought and expression. The case was sent to the Inter-American Court because the Commission believed that the State had not complied with the recommendations contained in the report on the merits.


A principal, autonomous body of the Organization of American States (OAS), the IACHR derives its mandate from the OAS Charter and the American Convention on Human Rights. The Inter-American Commission has a mandate to promote respect for human rights in the region and acts as a consultative body to the OAS in this matter. The Commission is composed of seven independent members who are elected in a personal capacity by the OAS General Assembly and who do not represent their countries of origin or residence.


Useful links

Admissibility Report in Case 12.524, Argentina

Applications filed by the IACHR with the Inter-American Court

Website of the IACHR





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