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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.

Posted on: 16 Nov 2014

The Banjul Magistrates Court acquitted and discharged Sainey Mk Marenah, a freelance journalist, and Musa S. Sheriff, editor-in-chief of The Voice newspaper of charges of conspiracy to commit a felony and publication of false news.

Posted on: 30 Oct 2014

The Lesotho Court of Appeal has ruled that three journalists who had been banned from working following a dispute with their former editor should be allowed to set up their own newspaper. 

Posted on: 24 Oct 2014

This year, with the imprisonment of three Al Jazeera journalists in Egypt on false news charges, press freedom issues made headlines around the world. News coverage of this scale is rare, but the sentences are not: oppressive governments around the world are increasingly using false news, criminal libel and national security laws to criminalise free speech.

Posted on: 24 Oct 2014

On 20 October 2014, the High Court of Uganda ordered that the trial of Ronald Poteri, a police detective accused of leaking secret audio recordings between the Ugandan Inspector General of Police and youths from the ruling National Resistance Movement Party, should be open to journalists and the

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