EGMR: Forthcoming judgment on Tuesday 13 October 2015 – Bremner v. Turkey (no. 37428/06)

von Dr. Georg Neureither

The applicant, Dion Ross Bremner, is an Australian national who was born in 1967 and lives in Strathfield (Australia). The case concerns the broadcasting of a television documentary in which Mr Bremner appears as a “foreign pedlar of religion” engaged in secret activities in Turkey.

In June 1997 the producers of the programme had been contacted by a certain A.N., who had responded to an advertisement offering books free of charge. In return he had received books about Christianity. Following telephone calls between A.N. and the sender, Mr Bremner, a meeting was filmed with a hidden camera. According to the voice-over commentary, Mr Bremner then presented the teachings of the Bible and compared Christianity with other religions, promoting his own beliefs. The programme’s presenter was then seen entering the room during a second meeting. She interviewed Mr Bremner, who stated that he was explaining Christianity on a voluntary basis ...

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