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Human rights lawyer detained for blogging and advocacy must be released

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25 Nov 2016

Nguyen Van Dai – a prominent human rights lawyer and blogger in Viet Nam is being detained incommunicado for exercising his right to free speech. On 25 November 2016, MLDI filed a petition with the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention urging it to intervene in his case.

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The European Court of Human Rights and Access to Information: Clarifying the Status, with Room for Improvement

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22 Nov 2016

On 8 November 2016, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights handed down a much-anticipated judgment on the right of access to information. While the Court was clearer and firmer than it had ever been before on the status of the right to access information as part of the right to freedom of expression guaranteed by Article 10 of the European Convention , it stopped short of acknowledging access to information as a fully-fledged right under the provision.

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Landmark European Court judgment is victory for access to information

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8 Nov 2016

The Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights has recognised that a right of access to information is an important component of the right to freedom of expression under Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

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A victory in the fight for freedom of expression in Vietnam

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4 Nov 2016

The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention has called for the release of a Vietnamese photojournalist, Mihn Man Dang Nguyen, who is currently serving a prison sentence for documenting events and issues that the Vietnamese Government did not wish to be publicised.

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Persecution of journalists: the Gambia brought before ECOWAS Court

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12 Oct 2016

Harassment, persecution and torture of journalists in the Gambia and the media laws used to justify violations challenged in West Africa regional court.

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MLDI welcomes its new Legal Director

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7 Sep 2016

MLDI welcomes its new Legal Director, Padraig Hughes.

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Alaa Abd El Fattah must be released, says UN group

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7 Jul 2016

UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention asks for release of Egyptian human rights activist and blogger Alaa Abd El Fattah, currently serving five years in prison for his participation in a peaceful demonstration.

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Vietnam bloggers jailed for human rights reporting must be released

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27 Jun 2016

MLDI and students from the University of Edinburgh’s Freedom of Expression Law Clinic , today filed petitions to the UNWGAD on behalf of imprisoned Vietnamese bloggers Nguyễn Hữu Vinh and Ngô Hào.

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African Court landmark ruling on criminal libel: Burkinabe journalist awarded compensation

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6 Jun 2016

on 3 June 2016, Burkinabe journalist Lohé Issa Konaté was awarded $70,000 in compensation for the harm he suffered as a result of his year-long detention for charges of criminal defamation.

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