Sometimes your photo may be published in a way that it disseminates false information about your personality and activities. As an example, your image could be modified by using certain computer programmes, such as Photoshop, so that in the end you find yourself depicted in a clearly different, maybe even offensive context.

Or, similarly, your original photo could be used for the purpose of disseminating information about a state of affairs which is absolutely unrelated to you or the situation which is portrayed in the picture.

Your rights vs. freedom of expression

In such a case, you may feel that your honour, dignity and reputation may have been damaged due to the publication of the photo. However, your interest in having your photo removed and/or receive compensation collides with a publisher’s right to freedom of expression and society’s right to be informed about important events. Both rights and interests should be balanced against each other, taking into account specific criteria.

Read more about the protection of your honour, dignity and reputation.

Human Rights Guide

A European platform for human rights education