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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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Media Defence Launches New Summary Modules on Digital Rights and Freedom of Expression Online

As part of our Digital Rights Advocates Project, Media Defence announces its new Summary Modules on Digital Rights and Freedom of Expression Online developed in collaboration with ALT Advisory. These modules provide an overview of relevant principles and case law for lawyers in sub-Saharan Africa interested in litigating digital rights cases. The modules are a…

Digital Rights Advocates: Interview with Zambian Lawyer Michelle Mwiinga

Welcome to the Digital Rights Advocates Blog Series, where we hear from lawyers litigating digital rights in sub-Saharan Africa. Digital rights have become indispensable for people around the world to exercise and enjoy their fundamental rights. Independent media is increasingly moving online – from established newspapers and television channels to bloggers and human rights activists…

2020 in Review: The Effects of Covid-19 on Freedom of Expression Worldwide

2020 has been an extraordinary year, with the world facing unprecedented challenges due to COVID-19. People moved their lives almost entirely online, even as they took to the streets to protest in staggering numbers. We have seen a rise in the number of governments clamping down on freedom of speech, ostensibly to protect citizens from…

Explaining the Issues: The Right to be Forgotten

In Media Defence’s Explaining the Issues series, we provide an overview of legal issues faced by the media. See other blogs in the series here. What is the right to be forgotten and where does it apply? The so called right to be forgotten, also described as the right to be delisted, or the right to…

Media Defence Files Intervention Before Constitutional Court of Colombia in MOVICE Case

Media Defence has filed an intervention before the Constitutional Court of Colombia, in the case of Marcos Evangelista Pinto v. National Movement of Victims of State Crimes (MOVICE). The case concerns a mural painted by MOVICE activists in Bogotá, which referred to the magnitude of extrajudicial killings carried out by the Colombian Army from 2000…

Media Defence Mourns Former Trustee, Olexiy Solohubenko

It was with great sadness that Media Defence heard of the death of its former trustee, the journalist, Olexiy Solohubenko. Born and educated in Ukraine, Olexiy began his broadcasting career at Radio Kiev. In 1992 he joined the BBC World Service, helping to set up and establish the Ukrainian Service, which he led from 1996…

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