On Friday, the European Court of Human Rights will hear a case over whether a ban on wearing masks while working in a hospital constitutes a violation of the right to freedom of expression.
The case, brought by the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), challenges the ruling of the European Union’s highest court.
The ruling on Thursday, which is the first of its kind in Europe, could pave the way for a new ruling by the European court.
If the court upholds the ban, it could lead to a new level of scrutiny for media organisations, which in the past have faced criticism for not covering the threat of terror.
In its ruling, the court ruled that the ban on masks in the hospital was a “necessary” measure to combat the threat posed by terrorism.
The IFJ argued that it was in breach of the UN Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide because masks were required in hospitals and not because they were an effective way of protecting patients.
However, the ruling will not apply in cases where the mask is worn by someone else and the mask-wearing individual is not in a position to prevent an attack.
“The right to respect for human rights cannot be curtailed by those who wish to impose restrictions on it,” the IFJ’s head of media policy, Michael Tappan, said in a statement.
“It must be protected wherever possible, even where the restrictions may be unlawful.”
In the meantime, the IFJA is urging its members to wear their masks when they work and in the public.