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Restrictions on parliamentary reporting violates free expression: MLDI files intervention at European Court

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5 Sep 2017

MLDI has filed a third-party intervention before the European Court of Human Rights in Mándli v. Hungary , highlighting the considerable threat to media freedom posed by restrictions on the right of journalists to access and report from parliamentary premises.

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Call for Consultants: Researcher to draft legal training manual

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17 Aug 2017

The Media Legal Defence Initiative is organising a four-day litigation and advocacy workshop in The Gambia in November 2017, and is seeking a researcher to assist in drafting a training manual that will be used in the delivery of this training.

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MLDI CEO named OSF New Executives Fund Recipient

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16 Aug 2017

The Chief Executive of the Media Legal Defence Initiative, Lucy Freeman, was today named as one of twelve international charity leaders to be awarded a major grant from the Open Society Foundations. Lucy received the award from OSF’s New Executives Fund, which gives grants to new leaders at non-profit organizations around the world to help implement their vision of change.

The two-year grant can be used to invest in the organisation’s development or the recipient’s own leadership. MLDI defends media freedom around the world by providing legal assistance to journalists and media...

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Evaluation Consultant: Invitation to Tender

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9 Aug 2017

MLDI is seeking an evaluation consultant to carry out an independent interim strategy evaluation.

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Media Legal Defence Initiative Announced as a Charity Times Awards Finalist

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3 Aug 2017

MLDI is shortlisted for the international charity award for its work in 2016 and 2017 protecting and promoting freedom of expression through the legal defence of journalists, bloggers and media outlets across the world.

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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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