On December 13, the ECtHR began hearings on the admissibility and merits of the cases Lindon & Otchakovsky-Laurens v. France and July v. France. The defendants in the first case published a novel describing racist behavior committed by a French far right-wing party and of its leader. They were subsequently convicted of defamation in French courts. Mr. July, the publication director of a French newspaper, published an petition supporting Lindon and Otchakovksy-Laurens in which he reproduced passages of the novel; he, also,Â was convicted of defamation. The three applicants claim that their freedom of expression under Article 10 was violated. For more information see here.