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Posted on: 27 Jan 2015

At the end of January, the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights is expected to hand down its decision on a complaint made by two Rwandan journalists who were imprisoned for insulting President Kagame and allegedly undermining national security.

Posted on: 21 Jan 2015

On 9 February, the East African Court of Justice will start hearing a case challenging the legality of Burundi's Press Law.

Posted on: 7 Jan 2015

The Media Legal Defence Initiative is deeply saddened by today’s deadly attack on the offices of French satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, and calls on the authorities to bring those responsible to justice.

Posted on: 24 Dec 2014

The Media Legal Defence Initiative has filed a petition with the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention urging the release of prominent Chinese human rights lawyer, Pu Zhiqiang.

Posted on: 15 Dec 2014

Sergey Reznik, a popular journalist and blogger from Rostov, Russia, is back in court again facing criminal charges of “falsely accusing a person of a grave crime” and of insulting a public official.

Posted on: 12 Dec 2014

The Media Legal Defence Initiative is looking for a Case and Project Support Officer to strengthen its team. This is an exciting opportunity to join a growing and dynamic organisation that is recognised as a leader in the legal defence of journalists worldwide.

Posted on: 11 Dec 2014

An innovative Freedom of Expression Law Clinic that has been held in collaboration with Zagreb University, Garden Court Chambers and Oxford University has today co

Posted on: 10 Dec 2014

In a landmark judgment on 4 December 2014, the High Court of Lusaka held that Zambia’s so-called “false news” law violates the right to freedom of expression and is therefore unconstitutional.

Posted on: 9 Dec 2014

Lawyers for IR magazine, an independent weekly magazine in Latvia, have overturned a court order to freeze the magazine’s assets in an ongoing defamation case.

Posted on: 5 Dec 2014

In its first judgment on free speech, the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights has ruled that imprisonment for defamation violates the right to freedom of expression while criminal defamation laws should only be used in restricted circumstances.

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