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Posted on: 24 Mar 2015

Section 66a of India’s controversial Information Technology Act has been held unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in a milestone judgment for freedom of expression in India today.

Posted on: 20 Mar 2015

Only days after being awarded the Index on Censorship Prize for Journalism, Angolan journalist, Rafael Marques de Morais, is set to go on trial on criminal charges of defamation.

Posted on: 10 Mar 2015

New York’s Columbia University has awarded its inaugural “Global Freedom of Expression Prize” to the Media Legal Defence Initiative.

Posted on: 6 Mar 2015

The Media Legal Defence Initiative is pleased to announce a call for applications from lawyers based in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi to participate in a forthcoming "litigation surgery" on the right to freedom of expression.

Posted on: 24 Feb 2015

In a ground-breaking judgment, the European Court of Human Rights has held that journalists should be able to use hidden cameras to report on issues of public interest.

Posted on: 24 Feb 2015

As the retrial in Egypt of Al Jazeera English journalist and former bureau chief Mohamed Fahmy is set to restart on March 8, the Media Legal Defence Initiative has pledged its financial support to his legal defence.

Posted on: 13 Feb 2015

Zambia’s newly appointed information and broadcasting minister, Chishimba Kambwili, yesterday vowed to do everything in his power to shut down the Zambian Watchdog, a news website that reports on Zambian news and current affairs.

Posted on: 6 Feb 2015

Years after French, German and English media revealed that Monaco’s reigning monarch, Prince Albert II, had an illegitimate child, the Media Legal Defence Initiative has intervened in the subsequent legal case that has reached the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights.

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.

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