The "Pablo Hasél Case" Articles uri icon

publication date

  • March 2021

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 2366-7044


  • In Spain, the recent conviction of the rapper Pablo Hasél for 'crimes of expression' has aroused intense public debate. He defamed members of the Spanish royal family, which is an aggravated offence under the Spanish Penal Code, as compared to defamation of any other member of the public. The reasoning of Hasél's sentence is, on several points, hardly compatible with the case law of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in terms of freedom of expression. It is, in fact, an overzealous application of an already problematic offence, variations of which the ECHR has already condemned.


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