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How far does the “right to be forgotten” extend? Crucial case referred to Court of Justice of the European Union

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20 Jul 2017

After French authorities demanded Google search results be “de-listed” worldwide, the Court of Justice of the European Union has been asked to clarify whether domestic authorities can order the removal of search results globally under the EU law on the “right to be forgotten”. MLDI and 20 other organisations filed an intervention highlighting the free speech implications of global “de-listing”.

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Snapshot: Press Freedom in Colombia

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12 Jul 2017

On 5 July 2017, Pedro Vaca, director of Foundation for Press Freedom (FLIP), MLDI’s partner in Colombia, gave a presentation during a hearing at the Inter American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) on press freedom in Colombia. That same day, State’s officials responded to some of FLIP’s observations. Read our guest blog by Emmanuel Vargas Penagos (pictured above), FLIP to find out more.

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MLDI launches its 2016 annual report

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4 Jul 2017

2016 saw a sharp decline in press freedom around the world – so MLDI stepped up its work to defend journalists, bloggers and independent media. Read more about MLDI's report launch and panel event here.

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Viet Nam condemned strongly by UN Working Group

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30 Jun 2017

The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention has published an Opinion in June 2017 calling for the immediate and unconditional release of the prominent Vietnamese human rights lawyer and blogger Nguyen Van Dai . The UN Working Group Opinion is the result of a petition that was filed by the Media Legal Defence Initiative together with Lawyers for Lawyers , Lawyers Rights Watch Canada , PEN International and ...

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MLDI and Veritas Law bring case before the Constitutional Council of Cameroon challenging Internet shutdown

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4 May 2017

On 8 May, the Constitutional Council of Cameroon will begin hearing a case that challenges the government's decision to shut down the Internet in the South West and North West of Cameroon.

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Call for proposal: Marketing and Communications Consultancy

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3 May 2017

MLDI is a dynamic and growing organisation. We are seeking a consultant to develop a marketing and communications strategy for the organisation.

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Defamation liability should not extend to publishers for hyperlinking - MLDI files intervention to European Court

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20 Apr 2017

The European Court of Human Rights will consider the important issue of defamation liability for hyperlinking. MLDI, with five other NGOs, has filed an intervention before the Court arguing that defamation liability should not extend to publishers who link to content that is authored by others.

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UN calls on Azerbaijan to enable media pluralism

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6 Apr 2017

In a recent decision , the United Nations Human Rights Committee held that Azerbaijan violated the right to freedom of expression by failing to hold regular, open and fair competitions for radio broadcasting licenses in the country. The decision is a victory for independent Azerbaijani media, which are dependent on the government’s allocation of licences to be able to broadcast.

The decision follows an application brought by the Media Legal Defence...

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State controlled media regulation is a threat to press freedom: MLDI files an amicus brief to European Court of Human Rights

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17 Mar 2017

MLDI, along with the Russian NGO the Mass Media Defence Centre (MMDC), submitted an amicus brief in the case of Novaya Gazeta and ZAO Novaya Gazeta v Russia on media regulation and its implications for the right to freedom of expression, arguing that state controlled regulation of the media can constitute a serious threat to press freedom.

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“Defamation of the dead” and its chilling effect on media freedom: MLDI files brief to European Court

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15 Mar 2017

The European Court of Human Rights is set to consider a case filed by a Slovakian TV station after it was found by the Broadcasting Council to have breached broadcasting law in its reporting on the death of a public figure. MLDI has filed an intervention urging the European Court to clarify the extent to which the reputations of deceased persons are protected under the European Convention on Human Rights.

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