Media Legal Defence Initiative provides legal help for journalists, bloggers and independent media across the world
Explaining the Issues: False News
18 Jul 2014
We have previously looked at how criminal libel and national security laws are increasingly being used by authoritarian rulers to silence journalists. The third, and lesser known, law that is also used in this way in many countries is the criminalisation of publishing "false news".
Burundi’s Repressive Press Laws Challenged
7 Jul 2014
One year after the Burundian parliament adopted a repressive press law that has seen journalists threatened with heavy fines and some of their sources imprisoned, the country's journalists' union and the Media Legal Defence Initiative are hopeful that their day in court to challenge the law i