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Journalist wins landmark case on Montenegrin authorities’ failure to investigate attacks

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2 Nov 2017

In a case supported by the Media Legal Defence Initiative and Human Rights Action, the investigative journalist Tufik Softić has been awarded €7,000 for the harm caused by the Montenegrin authorities’ failure to effectively investigate two violent attacks aimed at silencing him.

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Free expression organisations intervene on cases of detained Turkish journalists before the European Court of Human Rights

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27 Oct 2017

MLDI has joined freedom of expression organisations in submitting third-party interventions in ten cases against jailed Turkish journalists to which the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has given priority status. The interventions offer detailed legal analyses of the principles at stake in the cases of the detained journalists.

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The European Court considers MLDI's joint intervention in important decision on intermediary liability

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12 Oct 2017

The European Court of Human Rights has dismissed politician's claim that his right to reputation had been violated because he was refused permission to sue Google Inc. for allegedly defamatory remarks on the Blogger.com platform. Media Legal Defence Initiative (MLDI) co-ordinated a coalition of eight interveners in the case.

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MLDI files intervention at European Court seeking to protect anonymity of users online

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10 Oct 2017

MLDI has filed a third-party intervention before the European Court of Human Rights in a case that will examine the circumstances under which an internet service provider can be compelled to disclose the identities of anonymous users.

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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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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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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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Defamation liability should not extend to publishers for hyperlinking - MLDI files intervention to European Court

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20 Apr 2017

The European Court of Human Rights will consider the important issue of defamation liability for hyperlinking. MLDI, with five other NGOs, has filed an intervention before the Court arguing that defamation liability should not extend to publishers who link to content that is authored by others.

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State controlled media regulation is a threat to press freedom: MLDI files an amicus brief to European Court of Human Rights

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17 Mar 2017

MLDI, along with the Russian NGO the Mass Media Defence Centre (MMDC), submitted an amicus brief in the case of Novaya Gazeta and ZAO Novaya Gazeta v Russia on media regulation and its implications for the right to freedom of expression, arguing that state controlled regulation of the media can constitute a serious threat to press freedom.

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“Defamation of the dead” and its chilling effect on media freedom: MLDI files brief to European Court

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15 Mar 2017

The European Court of Human Rights is set to consider a case filed by a Slovakian TV station after it was found by the Broadcasting Council to have breached broadcasting law in its reporting on the death of a public figure. MLDI has filed an intervention urging the European Court to clarify the extent to which the reputations of deceased persons are protected under the European Convention on Human Rights.

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