Jonathan McCully

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Legal Officer
Jonathan McCully is a Legal Officer at the Media Legal Defence Initiative, having joined the organisation in 2015. As a Legal Officer at MLDI, Jonathan has been involved in cases before the European Court of Human Rights, the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice, and the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention. He has also worked on cases before domestic courts in Uganda, Singapore and Tanzania. He has trained lawyers from East and Southern Africa on freedom of expression and media law, and is a supervisor at the University of Edinburgh Freedom of Expression Law Clinic. Jonathan has a Bachelor of Laws from Trinity College Dublin, and a Masters of Laws in Information Technology, Media and Communications Law from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He has a particular interest in media law matters; and has published widely on freedom of expression, privacy, open justice, human rights and intellectual property. His articles have been published by the International Forum for Responsible Media (Inforrm's) Blog, the Media Law Resource Centre, and the Harvard Cyberlaw Clinic Blog. He is also an Editor at Columbia Global Freedom of Expression.

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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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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.