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We fund legal defence for journalists and independent media across the world.

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We take on strategic cases to promote and improve media freedom.

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We build local legal capacity to defend journalists through legal training and by funding local legal centres to defend journalists.

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The crisis of the twenty-six words that founded the internet

By Lucas Anastácio Mourão, partner at Flora, Matheus & Mangabeira Sociedade de Advogados. The legal solutions devised to combat problems, as they arise with each new period and context, often seem definitive at the time of their conception. Yet as technologies and behaviours evolve over time, so must our legal responses change and adapt. The…

Join the team! We’re hiring for a Project Assistant.

We're hiring for a Project Assistant to join our Empowering Women in Digital Rights Advocacy project. The project develops legal communities, in particular women lawyers, to defend, promote and strengthen freedom of expression online. For example, under this project, Media Defence: (i) conducts litigation surgeries for lawyers in sub-Saharan Africa on litigating digital rights cases…

A crise das vinte e seis palavras que fundaram a internet

Lucas Anastácio Mourão, sócio do Flora, Matheus & Mangabeira Sociedade de Advogados. Os problemas apresentados por cada contexto e cada época refletem um dado tipo de solução jurídica que, embora geralmente pareça definitiva no momento de sua concepção, muda e se adapta através do tempo de acordo com as tecnologias disponíveis e também com os…

European Court of Human Rights hands down judgment in Ilıcak v. Turkey (no. 2)

On 14 December 2021 the European Court of Human Rights found violations of the applicant’s rights guaranteed under Articles 5 § 1 and 10 in the case of Ilıcak v Turkey (no. 2). Ms Ilicak is a renowned journalist, columnist and editorial writer. In July 2016, following the attempted coup in Turkey, she posted tweets…

Meet the Team: Olga Grygorovska, Legal Officer

We interviewed Olga Grygorovska, who recently joined Media Defence as a Legal Officer. Here we ask about her experience in freedom of expression, and how she joined the organisation as a result. What’s your role at Media Defence? As a Legal Officer as well as a member of the legal team I provide legal assistance…

Are fake news laws the best way to tackle disinformation?

This month, Greece joined a growing list of countries legislating against fake news. The approved amendment to the Penal code aims to prosecute Greek citizens who spread false information during the COVID-19 pandemic. Any citizen spreading false information about public health could face up to 5 years of imprisonment. This move, along with others like…

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