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

Strategic Litigation

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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Special Call: Funding for a Media Defence Centre in South East Asia

Background Media Defence is a charity, based in London, which provides legal help to journalists, citizen journalists and independent media across the world. Media Defence’s vision is a world where journalists no longer face legal challenges that threaten their ability to report freely and independently on issues of public interest, allowing citizens to be better…

Journalist Impact: Interview with Fréderike Geerdink, Dutch Freelance Journalist

Fréderike Geerdink, a Dutch journalist working in Turkey reporting on Kurdish issues, was arrested twice in 2015. On the first occasion she was charged with making propaganda for a terrorist organisation (in this case: the armed Kurdish group PKK). On the second occasion, she was deported. Since the attempted coup d' état in 2016, Turkey's press freedom…

Call for Consultants: Legal Research Opportunity

Updating Research Report on Mapping Digital Rights and Online Freedom of Expression Litigation in East, West, and Southern Africa.

Media Defence Files Case Against Azerbaijan at ECtHR over Bombing of Journalists in Nagorno-Karabakh

Media Defence has today filed a case at the Strasbourg court on behalf of four Armenian citizens following the bombing of the town of Martuni by Azerbaijani forces during the recent armed conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh. The applicants - three journalists who were injured and the brother of a journalist fixer who was killed - allege…

Anglophone Journalists in Cameroon Continue to Face State Repression

Since 2016, Cameroon's Anglophone region has been marred by a cycle of civil unrest and serious human rights violations which have claimed more than 3,000 lives. In response to legal measures introduced by the Cameroon government, teachers, lawyers, students and activists took to the streets demanding greater recognition of their political, social and cultural rights. Ongoing…

Journalist Impact Survey 2020

I haven’t changed a millimetre, I’m writing even more freely, and I’m even more convinced that I shouldn’t stop.” Journalist supported by Media Defence in 2020.

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