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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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European Court clarifies intermediary liability standard

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25 Feb 2016

On 2 February 2016, the European Court of Human Rights handed down its judgment on intermediary liability in MTE and Index.hu Zrt v. Hungary.

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The world must not forget the jailed journalists of Ethiopia

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10 Dec 2015

Today, on International Human Rights Day, the Ethiopian journalist Eskinder Nega , who was convicted on trumped up terrorism charges, will have spent more than four years in jail. MLDI's legal directors tell us more about the situation of journalists and the state of FOE in Ethiopia.

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Charlie Hebdo and Hate Speech: Don’t Prosecute the Messenger

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23 Sep 2015

Nine months after their offices were attacked by Muslim extremists, Charlie Hebdo ’s cartoonists are facing calls for prosecution for allegedly inciting hatred through cartoons of the Syrian toddler, Aylan Kurdi , lying dead on a Turkish tourist beach.

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Phuketwan Editor Considers the Verdict on Rohingya Abuses and Media Freedom

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3 Jul 2015

The editor and a journalist for Thai news website Phuketwan, Alan Morison and Chutima Sidasathian, are about to go on trial for defamation in relation to a quote in an article on the trafficking of Rohingya refugees. As the trial date draws closer, Alan Morison describes the impact of the case on Phuketwan and press freedom.

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In fear of cartoons

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8 Jun 2015

The January and February 2015 shootings in Denmark and France in which cartoonists, journalists, a film maker, police officers and a guard at a synagogue were killed over the depiction of the Prophet Mohammed in cartoons has brought renewed focus on questions of free speech, hate speech and the role of cartoons and cartoonists in political debate.

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Burundi Journalists' Union v Attorney-General of Burundi: a positive judgment in the midst of a crisis

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21 May 2015

On 15 May 2015, the East African Court of Justice (the “EACJ”) delivered its judgment in Burundi Journalists Union v. The Attorney General of the Republic of Burundi , in which it considered Law No.1/11 (the “Press Law”) regulating the press, film and broadcasting sectors in Burundi.

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Lost in the Web: Navigating the Legal Maze Online

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20 May 2015

A few weeks ago in Berlin, I spoke at re:publica about threats to free speech online such as technical censorship, the use of copyright laws to curtail free speech, liability for user comments, and the right to be forgotten. It’s not always easy to get people interested in talking about the law, so I was happy that people showed up.

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To Be or Not to Be Anonymous: How Should Bloggers Decide?

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1 May 2015

Should you be anonymous online? If you were giving advice to a blogger, independent journalist, or online activist on this issue, what factors would you want her to consider? Many of us have been through this process, but it is something we don’t talk about much, as it often happens in private spaces.

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