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Emergency Defence

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.

Capacity Building

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

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Azerbaijan held liable for blocking Radio Free Europe’s websites by ECtHR

The case relates to the blocking of RFE’s websites in 2017, and was one of four separate cases involving website blocking that were considered by the European Court of Human Rights (‘ECtHR’). The websites were blocked with immediate effect, pending an application for a court order by the relevant government agency. According to the government,…

Media Defence Files Intervention at European Court to Protect Anonymity Online

Media Defence has filed a third-party intervention before the European Court of Human Rights in the case of Koumiotis v Greece to protect anonymity online. The case concerns criminal proceedings against the applicant, the owner and manager of an online blog. The applicant, following a series of posts criticising a businessman, was convicted of slanderous defamation. The…

Call for Consultants: Independent evaluation of ‘International Network of Internet Freedom Lawyers (INIFL)’ multi-regional project

1. About Media Defence Media Defence’s Vision 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 informed, able to hold those in power to account. Media Defence’s Mission  To ensure legal protection of journalists and media…

Call for Applications: Freedom of Expression Litigation Surgery for Women Lawyers from South and Southeast Asia

3-5 September 2024, Kathmandu, Nepal Media Defence is calling for applications from lawyers based in Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Timor-Leste, and Vietnam to participate in a forthcoming litigation surgery on the right to freedom of expression aimed at women lawyers. The…

Strategic Support for Legal Defenders of Press Freedom: Our Lawyer Impact Survey

Working with lawyers Part of Media Defence’s mission is to provide support to lawyers who represent journalists. We do this by providing knowledge exchange opportunities, such as litigation surgeries and in-depth exploration of specific legal issues. We also support lawyers with their cases. This can range from advising on case strategy to helping develop legal…

Brazil: Supreme Court Acts to Prevent the Silencing of Journalists through Judicial Harassment

In a landmark ruling, Brazil’s Federal Supreme Court (STF) has declared judicial harassment of journalists unconstitutional, marking a significant step towards protecting press freedom in the country. The decision will significantly curtail the misuse the legal system to intimidate and silence journalists. The case was filed by our partner, the Brazilian Association of Investigative Journalism (Abraji).…

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