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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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World Press Freedom Day 2021: Media Defence Reflects on Current Trends Threatening Media Freedom

The last 12 months have brought into sharp focus the extent to which media freedom is under threat. At Media Defence we see these challenges on a daily basis. In the last year, we have seen them accelerate due to the pandemic, with unscrupulous regimes introducing oppressive legal measures under the guise of tackling disinformation,…

Call for Consultants: Trainer at Litigation Surgery on Digital Rights Freedom of Expression Online (French-Speaking)

Purpose of the consultancy contract The purpose of the consultancy contract is for a French-speaking trainer to create recorded presentations and host discussions sessions for lawyers in West and Central Africa on digital rights and freedom of expression online. Background Media Defence’s vision is a world where journalists no longer face legal challenges that threaten…

Appel à Candidatures : Formateur/rice pour l’Atelier de Litiges Relatifs aux Droits Numériques et à la Liberté d’Expression en Afrique de l’Ouest et en Afrique Centrale (Francophone)

Media Defence cherche à embaucher un(e) consultant(e) francophone qui créera le matériel de formation, notamment par le biais de présentations sur les droits numériques et la liberté d'expression en ligne. Le formateur ou la formatrice créera les présentations en collaboration avec Media Defence, s’appuyant sur les modules de synthèse sur les droits numériques et la…

Call for Applications: West and Central Africa Digital Rights & Online Freedom of Expression Litigation Surgery

Media Defence is calling for applications from lawyers based in Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea, Mali, Niger, Senegal, Togo and the DRC to participate in a forthcoming litigation surgery on the right to freedom of expression, digital rights and the Internet. Successful applicants will be provided with online learning materials and then be…

Appel à Candidatures: Atelier de Litiges Relatifs aux Droits Numériques et à la Liberté d’Expression en Ligne en Afrique de l’Ouest et en Afrique Centrale

Media Defence invite les avocats basés au Bénin, Burkina Faso, Cameroun, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinée, Mali, Niger, Sénégal, Togo et en République démocratique du Congo à envoyer leur dossier de candidature pour participer au prochain atelier de litiges relatifs à la liberté d’expression, aux droits numériques et à l’internet. Les candidats retenus auront accès aux matériels…

World Press Freedom Day 2021: Watch Media Defence’s Webinar on SLAPPs On the 4th May 2021, Media Defence hosted a free webinar to discuss the use of abusive litigation to silence journalists around the world. The webinar featured as part of UNESCO’s World Press Freedom Day and you can watch it, in full, above. In Brazil, journalist and author João Paulo Cuenca became the defendant…

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